Carmelo Anthony: Knicks should always play on Christmas

The New York Knicks aren't playing on Christmas Day for the first time since 2008, and Carmelo Anthony isn't happy about it.

"We should've been on Christmas. Christmas in New York. That's what it should've been," Anthony said on Wednesday, according to published reports.

The Knicks finished last season with a franchise-low 17 wins and weren't selected by the NBA to play this season on one of the league's marquee days.

"I don't know what they were looking at. The past is the past," Anthony said. "But New York is one of those teams that should always be on Christmas.''

The Knicks are off to a 14-16 start after falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-84. Anthony sat out Wednesday due to a sprained right ankle.

Next season, they might be back on the Christmas Day schedule thanks to Anthony and the emergence of rookie Kristaps Porzingis.

"That's showtime, especially in New York. But we'll get our shot at it. They'll come back to us," Anthony said.

Just don't expect the 31-year-old veteran to tune into the games on Christmas Day.

"I ain't watching nothing," he said.

Information from ESPN.com's Ian Begley was used in this report.