With back-to-back games against the Knicks, and the playoffs close, but not close enough, I thought I’d have a little fun today. And the NBA provided me with the perfect bit of news to do so. From an official press release:
Cartoon Network today announced a multifaceted partnership with the NBA to develop long- and short-form basketball-themed content across a wide variety of platforms, including online, mobile, VOD and on-air. Through this partnership and the network’s alignment with Turner Sports, this announcement continues a long-standing relationship the NBA has had with Turner Broadcasting for over 25 years.
Anyway, it got me thinking, who in the NBA could be a cartoon character? I decided to take a look at a few current NBA personalities and their similarities with great cartoon characters of old. Check out my picks after the jump. If you need visual evidence, check out the nifty slideshow below. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments. 10. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, as Superman This one is almost too obvious, but it’s worth a mention. Let’s not forget that another Orlando Magic big man, Shaquille O’Neal, earned the same nickname back in the mid-90′s. 9. Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic, as Mighty Mouse Now I know what you’re going to say, Damon Stoudamire has always been Mighty Mouse. Well guess what, Shaq also used to be Superman, and we know how that turned out. Nelson and Mouse share many characteristics, including fearlessness when it comes to bigger and badder opponents. 8. Drew Gooden, San Antonio Spurs, as Mr. T I pity the fool who has a weird beard and/or random patches of hair on his head. These two share no real similarities except their affinity for odd grooming above the shoulders. 7. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, as He-Man Since James is probably the best basketball player on the planet, it’s only fair to name him as master of the universe. 6. Donald Sterling, Los Angles Clippers owner, as Scrooge McDuck Sterling is well-known for being the cheapest owner in the NBA. I wonder if goes swimming in his vault of money at night? 5. Greg Oden, Portland Trailblazers, as Baby Huey Let me say first that I’m a Trailblazers fan, and I love Oden, but I couldn’t resist this comparison. With the way the team seems to handle Oden, it seemed only fair (sorry Greg!) 4. Jose Barea, Dallas Mavericks, as Scrappy Doo This guy bounced all over the place before finding a home with the Dallas Mavericks, and scrappy is the perfect way to describe his play. 3. Gerald Green, Dallas Mavericks, as Tigger He can jump really high, but what else does he really do? 2. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, as Road Runner I decided to against the obvious French jokes here. He’s one of the quickest players in the NBA, and he flies by defenders on a regular basis. 1. Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons, as Daffy Duck Daffy is a classic character that’s been known to lose his cool. The same can be said about ‘Sheed.