The USA takes on Puerto Rico tonight in game one of the World Championship.
The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at midnight and it is a chance not only to watch basketball, but to see Jos? Juan Barea who plays for the Puerto Rican national team.
On a non-Mavericks related note, I don't understand why anyone would pick against the USA to win as Chris Sheridan did. Sheridan listed ten reasons to bet against the USA winning. He got pretty desperate; one of his reasons was that the USA team wouldn't want to eat Japanese food and as a result would be forced to unhealthy American fast food the entire tournament. But that wasn't even his silliest reason.
When the US team collapsed in the Olympics they got off easy. Many writers talked about the growth of basketball in the world and the strength of the other teams as the main reason for the disappointing results. That's all true, but it had nothing to do with why they lost. Larry Brown sucked. The players and their vacation mentality sucked. Those two things are gone now and the USA will win easily. And if they don't, I don't want to hear any excuses.