Derrick Rose – Dennis Reynolds – I’ll admit that this was the toughest one to assign, because Rose is so much more awesome than anybody else out there that it’s tough to find the right counterpart on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Still, I focused on the leap that Derrick Rose has made this season. Dennis began his leap late in the season last year with the D.E.N.N.I.S. System, followed by “implications” made in the boat episode, and had a catch with Chase Utley while advising us to just say yes. Dennis has made the leap, and so has Derrick Rose as he has gone from “wow, that guy knows how to play basketball” awesome, to “you don’t change the channel when the Bulls are playing” awesome. Seriously, if you haven’t watched much NBA this season, watch the Bulls as he is guaranteed to make at least two jaw-dropping plays during any game.
Joakim Noah – Charlie Kelly – This is a matter of anybody who watches them a lot loves every second that they appear on their television screen. Much the way that outsiders think It’s Always Sunny is stupid if they only tune in for five minutes, fans of other NBA teams hate Noah. Both of these types of people are morons. Sure, both of these guys are out of their god-damned minds, but they do it in such a loveable way. Plus, these are two guys that are willing to do the dirty work as Noah gets boards and plays tough defense while Charlie smashes rats and looks for treasure in the sewer.
Taj Gibson – Frank Reynolds – When everyone’s healthy, Taj is not a starter, just like Frank did not start off in the show until Season Two. Although, he’s not one of the main four people, Frank’s impact is immeasurable, and I feel the same way about Taj. Let’s face it, shooting guard is not a strength for this team, so Taj is definitely our fifth most valuable player. Although, neither of these two have classic good looks, I smile when I see Taj smile, and I smile when I see Frank crawling out of a leather couch naked.
Carlos Boozer – Mac – These two are both necessities for the success of their team. They’re both versatile as Boozer can score from inside, but can also nail a jumper, while Mac can be funny with his physical humor and his wit. Because of Rose’s presence, Boozer never gets top billing, but he’s also crucial nearly every night like Mac is crucial in every episode. Rarely will you say that Mac totally owned an episode on his own, but it is rare when you won’t say that Mac and Charlie or Mac and Dennis, etc. were awesome in the episode. If you team him with the right people, he is somebody who can dominate, but he will always have an impact, much like Mac does something important in every episode.
Luol Deng – The Lawyer – These are two guys where you thought you would hate them, but the more you see them, the more you enjoy their presence. The Lawyer has great versatility as he knows when to keep his cool, when to explode with anger, and also when to accept a challenge to a duel. The same is true for Deng, as he has a decent jumper, plays good defense, and is always a solid contributor. All the lawyer does is screw over the gang, but you still love him. And let’s face it, everyone has wanted Deng in about 35 different trades over the last three years. When you actually watch him though, he may not jump off the screen, but he’s essential to the greater good of the team like the lawyer is essential for the greater good of society.
That's all for part one; I'll be back tomorrow with more Bulls talk.
P.S. I know this has been all over the Internet, but I still don't understand how a beer can fill up from the bottom.