The FIBA World Championship is coming up, and you can catch the games live from Japan in the wee hours of morning. It's not World Cup (which I stayed up all night for in 2002), but I'll watch (the replays, of course). The main storyline is Team USA of NBA pros. They will be the team everyone wants to beat, but anything short of a top finish will be considered underachieving. Let's say it is a train wreck- now that will be a story. Not to be unpatriotic, but perhaps that will shock the USA basketball establishment into reforms that will make the game better and more global.
Speaking of international basketball, here's a tribute to one of the best: Arvydas Sabonis. Imagine if he came to the NBA earlier, with two good knees.
Also, here's two tributes to NJ Net's Drazen Petrovic: at NBA.com and ESPN Insider (subscription required).