Phil Jackson says it's time for the NBA to stop playing basketball games on Christmas Day. While most Americans are opening gifts on Dec. 25th, Jackson will be courtside -- coaching the LA Lakers against the Miami Heat.

"I don't think anybody should play on Christmas Day," Jackson told the Associated Press. "I don't understand it."

Jackson is the son of Christian ministers -- and even wrote a book about spiritual growth related to basketball, the AP reported.

The NBA will host five games on Christmas -- and that has Jackson upset, too.

"It's like Christian holidays don't mean to them anything any more," Jackson told the AP. "Just go out and play and entertain the TV. It's really weird, but it is what it is. We have to go to work and make the best of it."

 Listen to this report from Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes: