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.
This one is easy. I tweeted it to a friend the other day and I think you might agree. Bubbles is a crack head that you can’t help but fall in love with. The dude handles his business and certainly has some redeeming qualities. He takes the people around him and makes them better. Unkempt and rail thin, Bubbles can’t be anyone else in the league right now. Hello Brandon Jennings! This dude weighs about 110 pounds and his hair looks JUST LIKE the do that Bubbs wears. No doubt, he’s making the players around him better. No other way you can explain Andrew Bogut averaging a double-double and a guy named Ersan Ilyasova being relevant. Jennings is tearing it up right now. He has “Bubbles Depot” turning a profit that Milwaukee hasn’t seen since the likes of Glenn Robinson. Anybody want a white-t or some copper?
Let’s see….shotgun carrying bad guy who every fan eventually loves for the way he plays the “game”. The other players can’t stand him, but they respect his gangsta. He’s feared in the ‘hood, whistles “Farmer in the Dell” to announce his presence, and robs folks to make a living. Whether Avon, Stringer, Marlo, or Brother Mouzone, he always has a rival who he goes toe-to-toe with every time they go head-to-head. Omar Little is…Kenyon Martin. Sure there are other bad boys out there, but Kenyon trumps them all. Players in the league can’t stand him, but they respect the way he plays the game. Greatest thug to ever come out of Thug U. (i.e. Cincinnati during the Bob Huggins era). Whether Lamar Odom, Mark Cuban, or Tim Duncan, he scraps with any and everybody (on and off the court). Dude even has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. How can you not respect his criminal mind? Oh yeah, and he has red lips tatted on his neck…if that aint Omar, I don’t know what is.