This is the thing: basically, my goal is to get as high up the commentary ladder as I can, but really there are many different paths I might take to get there. If I were a one-sport guy, it'd be pretty easy to chart my path, both in terms of jobs to pursue and sporting knowledge to acquire. But I'm more of a 10-sport guy, which can be rather dizzying at times. I'd love to do more basketball, and I'd very happily commentate on just basketball for a living if that meant getting back to the States and working an NBA or major NCAA job...but to be good at basketball means watching lots of basketball and reading about basketball and listening to basketball podcasts. Which is also fine, but at the moment I'm trying to squeeze in as much Australian Open tennis as I can and will soon start listening to tennis podcasts again ahead of my Indian Wells gig in March, and I've got final-round LPGA and European PGA Tour highlights on my DVR waiting to be watched as I envisage potential golf work down the line, and of course I'm keeping up with the NFL playoffs and my podcasts thereof, and there's hockey prep to be done, and I'm not watching enough soccer, and, and...whew. Where am I, again? And in trying to be a jack-and-master-of-all-trades, inevitably someone is going to see my resume and decide he wants a one-sport specialist or doesn't believe that I'm as good as I think I am (or can be) across all disciplines.for the first one, it depends on how you view the FIBA job. Is basketball something you really want to get into more? Did your Asian Games experience want to get you more into events as opposed to week-by-week work? Is this likely to open other doors for you in the future? If yes to any/all, then it's probably more important than your regular gigs and therefore worthwhile doing, assuming you are able to resume the other jobs when you get back.
Anyway, yes, the FIBA gig is potentially a fantastic opportunity - if I'm offered it. But every fantastic opportunity comes with its own opportunity cost. So nothing is straightforward.