As an avid basketball fan and a fan of one of the greatest television shows ever, I decided to go Jay-Z/R-Kelly for a moment and give you guys a “Best of Both Worlds” column matching my favorite Wire characters with their NBA alter egos.[featured-image]
I had a hard time with this one. McNulty is an alcoholic divorced father of two. His issues include alcoholism, child support, alimony, and random hook ups with women he meets in bars. Problem is, this description could probably describe about half of the guys in the NBA (as sad as that sounds). Here’s the difference. McNulty is Irish. Not many Irish born NBA players. Hello Pat Burke! I can’t do McNulty like that though. He’s too scrappy. So let’s just stick with a white cop working in a predominantly black city and holding his own (i.e. a white guy in the NBA that gets props from the “corner boys” and has “street cred”). Jason Williams? Yeah, circa 1996. I got it! McNulty is Dirk Nowitski. Both have questionable taste in women. Both get props for what they do on the court. Both get along real well with washed up cops and misunderstood gangsters (see Erick Dampier and Josh Howard). Both are European actors, who try their best to be American. Like McNulty, Dirk spends the better part of his season canvassing “vacants” for bodies, to no avail. He gets no help, loses early in the playoffs, and ultimately returns to his womanizing ways.