Players, coaches, games to watch

After a month of previews, features, arguments and rankings, we’re hours away from the kickoff of the 2009 season. Indulge us, please, for one more top 25. Here’s my list of the top things to watch as the season gets under way. This is not a ranking, mind you, but merely a list. The items stretch from the games Thursday night to the games in December and January. Here are the players, coaches and games to watch to get a sense of how this season will unfold. And trust us: It really is, at long last, about to start.