There will be no rookies to prattle on about this winter, as the previously uninterested hordes come in from the cold to see what they’ve been missing in the NBA world around Christmas. No obvious future Hall of Famer, as the too-ready Tim Duncan was in 1997-98, to feel comfortable with. No plucky would-be natural. No Jordan or Drexler type who seems altogether more fit for the NBA game, after too many years spent reined in by the NCAA. Not even an older first-year player to make life palatable, as Marc Jackson worked for us back in 2000-01.