Basketball is undisputedly an American game. However, very quietly over the years it has become internationally popular, in some countries, 2nd only to Soccer.
I was surprized to find out recently that most US fans [and some sportscasters also] were almost completely unaware of the high level of play in the Euro league. This came to light recently when Allen Iverson signed on with a Turkish Team.
I have several favs when it comes to basketball.
Earl Williams- 4 Years NBA, Celtics. 6 Years Macabee Elite, 1980- 1986, finished 20 years playing for Koln. Aside from scoring 32 points in the 1981 Championship game, which the Macabees won, he's also a very good friend and neighbor.
AKA- Earl the Twirl.
Bob Cousy - [spelling?]
Sir Charles Barkley.