NEW YORK — If the NBA had a Christmas wish, it might be for a different holiday schedule.
The one that was drawn up seemed strong enough when it was released, a potentially dynamite five-game treat from noon through night, packed with superstar scorers and championship contenders.
But like an old Christmas sweater, it doesn’t look nearly as good now that time has passed.
Back luck and bad play have wrecked a number of teams the league picked to showcase. Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, and Brook Lopez are all sitting out, as are Indiana and Portland, who share the NBA’s best record.
But hey, there are two 9-18 teams and one that’s 10-16. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.