6/12/2016 0 Comments
By: Dan Slaubaugh
Awhile back, Fear the Sword and A Wolf Among Wolves writer William Bohl wrote a piece that compared cast members of the NBC sitcom "The Office" to members of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here's a link -- you'll enjoy it.
I personally have been entertained by the latest hit NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation", which ended in 2015. So I thought to myself, "Hmmmm. Why not do something similar with the Wolves and Parks and Rec?" With some help from my good friend and OTP writer Drew Mahowald, this is what we came up with.
Karl-Anthony Towns as Leslie Knope
As we all know, Karl-Anthony Towns is a future perennial all-star in the NBA. He seems to excel at everything he does. Sound familiar?
Karl-Anthony Towns IS Leslie Knope.
They are both overachievers and excellent at what they do. They love people, are very talkative, and shine in the spotlight. Most importantly, they put people first. Towns puts his teammates first and assuredly would rather see his teammates shine than anything if it meant success for his team. As for Leslie, she's always going out of the way to better the lives of her close friends and employees at Parks and Rec.
Andrew Wiggins as Ron Swanson
Wiggins and Swanson are men of few words -- that does not mean they are uninteresting people though. Wiggins wows people with his inspiring play of the basketball, especially when he displays sensational spin moves and throwdowns like this.
As for Ron Swanson, he loves to woodwork and he's very talented at it too. Which is further displayed by making and crafting the finest canoes in Pawnee.
Finally, they both have had their own share of experience with cornrows. In my estimation, the hairdo is more suited for Wiggins.
Zach LaVine as Tom Haverford
In a lot of ways, Zach LaVine and Tom Haverford are a perfect match here. They are both uber confident people and are constantly exhibiting a style of swag that is essential to their personality.
Additionally, both are very fashionable dressers. Tom opened his own clothing rental store called Rent-A-Swag, which thrived until his friend's dad opened his own store across the street with much lower prices, putting Tom out of business.
(That picture tho)
LaVine, meanwhile, flashed his swag in the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend fashion show. He was looking flyyy.
Ricky Rubio as Chris Traeger
Ricky and Chris are extraordinarily happy, positive people. They are always optimistic, no matter the situation. Rubio's been on a losing team for the entirety of his 5 year career, but you can find him continually providing inspirational/optimistic quotes on his social media pages. As for Chris, he might be the happiest person in the world.
And we all know and love Ricky Rubio's adorable personality.
Lastly, Ricky and Chris live with high expectations -- both for their respective teams and for themselves personally. Recent reports have stated that Rubio might want out of Minnesota if the Wolves don't make the playoffs next year. The report has been blown out of proportion, but the main premise of it is clear. Ricky wants to make the playoffs and expects the most from his team, just as Chris does.
Nikola Pekovic as Andy Dwyer
Andy and Nikola are always dinged up -- poor guys. Pekovic has had a difficult time staying on the floor because of his ailing ankles while Andy is simply a child so he's constantly injuring himself in funky ways.
Things never seem to go their way. In season 5, Andy had aspirations of being a policeman. During his police exam, Andy ends up passing his written test by getting perfect scores but, of course, fails the personality test because of answers like the ones below.
**From the exam**
Cop: This test will determine whether you have the right personality to become a police officer. Just to make sure the machine is working, is your name Andy?
Andy: I don't know how to answer that.
Cop: Simple yes or no.
Andy: Well everyone calls me Andy but my full name is Andrew I think, so no? ... Wait, yes.
Andy and Pek both mean well, but they each have a tough time getting things to work out for them. Sigh.
Kevin Garnett as Craig Middlebrooks
Hang with me on this one.
Craig and Kevin are both pretty crazy -- but crazy in a good way. They are extremely passionate and take their jobs very seriously, and because of that can seem a little nutso.
They are generally very loud, expressive people who want the best for their colleagues/teammates. They have good intentions, but can sometimes come off harsh and intimidating.
NOTE: It was tempting to match Tom and KG together because of the scene below, but that was essentially the only thing they had in common.
Shabazz Muhammad as April Ludgate
Shabazz and April were somewhat lazy and ignorant when we first met both of them. Shabazz was the #1 rated high school player in America, and throughout his time at UCLA and his rookie season in Minnesota he appeared to lack the work ethic needed. At the beginning of Parks and Rec, April was an apathetic college student who had no interest in her job.
Over time, Shabazz and April matured into quality members and contributors of their respective teams. Both consistently show great effort, evidenced by Bazz's relentless rebounding and spark-plug mindset off the bench and April taking over a large portion of Leslie's duties in the Parks and Rec department towards the end of season 4 to allow Leslie to concentrate on her upcoming election.
Adreian Payne as Jerry Gary Larry Terry Gergich
I kinda feel bad about this one. But it was just too perfect.
Adreian and Gary are always falling -- by themselves or on other people. They're clumsy, awkward, have big hearts, and at best are adequate at their jobs.
I think I've seen Adreian do that with a basketball before.
Tom Thibodeau as Dave Sanderson
Tom and Dave are both defensive minded people. Tom is known for implementing a defensive system that smothers opposing offenses. Dave works in law enforcement, so his defense is a little different -- but it's still defense, right?.
They both are smart, intelligent people who speak with more rational sense than many people I know. They can, however, be very serious and awkward, which makes them seem like intimidating people. (Remember Thibs' appearances on ESPN as an analyst? He looked, uh, uncomfortable, to put it nicely.)
In some ways, the Timberwolves organization should look to replicate the success of the show "Parks and Recreation". For seven years, the show was a hit and gained steam as more and more fans tuned in to see how the lives of each character developed. As the Wolves develop into an elite team, they'll start to gain a bigger national audience and, hopefully, more wins. All the Wolves have to do is follow the blueprint laid by Parks and Rec, and we could be dropping a championship banner in Target Center soon.