words // Luis Sanchez

With the dark cloud of a lockout looming over the NBA all summer, there couldn’t have been a better way to welcome back everyone’s favorite sport than on Christmas day. Christmas Day set the stage for some of this season’s biggest stories, with five games on schedule to kick off the latest NBA campaign.

The Los Angeles Lakers‘ hit the court under the direction of Mike Brown for the first time, CP3 officially suited up for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat finally had their chance to revenge last year’s NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Boston Celtics also battled the New York Knicks at the new-look Madison Square Garden, while Dwight Howard kicked off possibly his last season with the Orlando Magic vs KD and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

From LeBron’s Christmas Day Nike LeBron 9 to Derrick Rose’s “Windy City” adidas adiZero Rose 2, Christmas Day also marked the official debut of several signature kicks. Enjoy a look at all of yesterday’s kicks below, as part of this season’s first Eastbay Sneaker Watch.

Images via Yahoo! Sports & ESPN.

Chris Paul led the Clippers to a 105-86 victory over Golden State in the “Christmas Day”  CP3.V Jordan shoes.

David lee goes up for a shot in the Nike Hyperdunk 2011.

Monta Ellis drives in the Jordan AJ 8.0.

Hedu Turkoglu kicked off the season in the adidas adiZero Crazy light.

Jameer Nelson drives in the paint in the Reebok Zig Pro Future.

Russell Westbrook drives in an OKC Thunder inspired colorway of the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.

Dwight Howard posts in the “Blackout” adidas adiPower Howard.

Kevin Durant led his Thunder to victory in the “Christmas Day” Nike Zoom KD IV.

Derrick Rose helped his Bulls get the win in the “Windy City” adidas adiZero Rose 2.

Taj Gibson in the adiZero Ghost adidas basketball shoes.

Kobe Bryant argues a call in the “Christmas Day” Nike Kobe VII Supreme.

Dirk Nowitzki hit the court in the Hyperdunk 2010 Nike Basketball shoes.

DWade gets the dunk in the “Christmas Day” Jordan Fly Wade II.

LeBron James dropped 37 in style with the “Christmas Day” Nike LeBron 9 on his feet.