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Fun with NBA players and TV/film analogies

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A few weeks ago I went on a twitter run comparing NBA players to television shows. I’m a pretty big TV nerd and the last 15 years or so has been a golden run for the era, easily surpassing film and music’s contributions in the time period.

For fun, here are my favorite TV/NBA analogies:

Michael Jordan – The Wire: Widely considered the gold standard for the medium as a flawless, electrifying tapestry.

Kobe Bryant – The Shield: A show with similarities to the Wire due to its moral grey lines and juxtaposition of cops and criminals, but because of this similarity it is impossible to make a case that The Shield and Bryant are better.

Rajon Rondo – Dexter: Dexter lives a double life as a family man on the surface, but in the darkness is a serial killer vigilante. Likewise at different times Rajon can seem like a great teammate, but at others a chemistry killing diva.

Allen Iverson – Lost: Being a Lost fan was a great experience due to the online fanbase and uniqueness of the show. The fun of the era helped cover up the flaws in the show and the time it missed. Likewise Iverson was such a fun and unique player that it causes us to forget his flaws and missed shots more than we should.

Shaquille O’Neal – The Sopranos: Admittedly I have yet to catch up to the Sopranos, but the criticism I hear most is that it had storylines and episodes that were cut-able “fat” that prevented it from being the best ever, instead of merely in the conversation of the greats. Sounds like Shaq.

Tim Duncan – Mad Men: Classy and dignified and goes about its business as it builds towards one of the best TV shows of all time. All about the fundamentals.

Russell Westbrook – Game of Thrones: An exciting show that can unleash extravagant blood-letting and sexual nudity at any time. Likewise you never really know when Westbrook’s game is about to go off like a loose cannon, for good or bad.

Dwight Howard – Homeland: A very impressive show, but never developed in his 2nd season the way we wanted it to and doesn’t have the extra polish to be an all-time great. Has become a bit overrated.

Drazen Petrovic – Firefly: It’s a shame that the show got cut short, but Firefly’s first season and Petro’s NBA career were good but not exemplary, let’s not blow their upside if they had kept going out of proportion.

Brandon Roy – Community: I’m including this because seeing Community Season 4 without Dan Harmon and trying to appeal to mainstream audiences and failing miserably as a shell of itself, is really depressing and painful to watch, sort of like Roy’s comeback for the Timberwolves.

Joakim Noah – Battlestar Galactica: A favorite of the diehards of the medium, but was never going to get the mainstream attention of other stars.

Tyreke Evans – Heroes: Started out with a ton of hype, albeit that first year was likely always a bit overrated. Then it all went to hell and more.

Gordon Hayward – Once Upon a Time: Arguably TV’s most underrated because of how lame its plot looks on paper. Likewise Gordon’s athleticism and upside underrated because of his “picking up the daughter to the prom” appearance.

Here are two other analogies stepping outside of the direct TV show comparisons angle, that I am fond of:

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – Good Cop/Bad Cop: Westbrook’s buckwild style of play to me is like the film/television cop who’s a loose cannon and may slam a suspect’s head against the interrogation desk because he looked at him the wrong way and who’s into coke and prostitutes when he’s off the job. Durant is his clean cut partner who does things the right way and solves the cases. He’s the main character of the show and is more responsible for the pair’s success, but Westbrook can be the most exciting.

Dwight Howard – Brandon Routh and “Superman Returns”: Billed as the next Superman after his predecessor (Christopher Reeve/Shaq), Howard and his film looked the part, but has left us underwhelmed that he just doesn’t have enough meat to his game or personality. He’s becoming more and more of a disappointing shell. If he’s Superman, he’s the Brandon Routh version!

Written by jr.

February 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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  1. That was pretty good haha

    The Dwight/Shaq one is spot on.


    February 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

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