Carol of the "Basketballs" — An NBA Holiday Special

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It's barely Thanksgiving, but that hasn't stopped stores from bring out the Christmas tidings at every turn. This year, the NBA is in on the early holiday cheer with a new video promoting their 2012 Christmas Day jerseys. Superstars Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard head up this All-Star dribbling chorus for the world's sportiest rendition of "Carol of the Bells" (specifically, the piece's famous handbell riff) while wearing their Christmas Day swag. Sadly, there's no sign of Greatist favorite Jeremy Lin, but we assume he's still busy learning that new Houston Rockets offense.

We're definitely impressed by the coordination involved, though it's probably a lot easier to dribble to a holiday beat than through an opposing team. And while these perennial MVP candidates are no Harlem Globetrotters, they keep pretty good rhythm. We're crossing our fingers this video inspires some special pre-game rituals come late December.

Is the video promotional? Sure. Is there some digital sound editing? Probably. But it's still a kick to see NBA All-Stars get into the holiday spirit. The jerseys are available just in time for Black Friday... dribbling skills not included.

Is the video fun for the holidays or just tricky marketing? Tell us in the comments below or tweet the author @d_tao.

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David Tao
I'm the chief research officer for Greatist.com and a greatist since 2011. Originally from Kentucky but now calling NYC home.

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