Comparing the Bulls-Heat Rivalry to the Thundercats

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIApril 19, 2012

Comparing the Bulls-Heat Rivalry to the Thundercats

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    I grew up in the 80s and loved my Saturday morning cartoons.

    The Thundercats ran from 1985 until 1989 and, besides the Sword of Power from He-Man, the Sword of Omens was probably the coolest weapon of all. Last year the series received a reboot with some subtle changes but the main players remained the same.

    The plot of the show for those too old too have ever watched or those too young that haven't caught the reboot here are the basics:

    Their young king named Lion-O, who wields the Sword of Omens, leads the Thundercats. They are battling the evil Mumm-Ra and his henchmen. Mumm-Ra wants what every bad guy wants, which is world domination.

    Lion-O and the Thundercats, of course fight for the little guy and want world peace.

    Before going any further, I will admit that I am a die-hard fan of the Chicago Bulls, so that may make my opinion a bit biased; however, I think the comparisons I made are fair.

    If you are a fan of the Heat, I'd love to hear your reverse opinion or if you think my comparisons are off, please share your thoughts below.


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    Jackalman is one of Mumm-Ra's main henchmen, and in the new series is one of his three generals.

    In the new series he is a little bit crazy, but in the original series he was always the third wheel, which is perfect for Chris Bosh.

    During the summer of 2010, it was understood that Bosh would play alongside another major star. Jackalman would often side with Slithe to avoid taking the blame if things went bad.

    Bosh, who was the man in Toronto, has seen his number drop that past two seasons with the Heat. He has gone from averaging 24 points and 10.8 rebounds to averaging just 18 points and 7.8 rebounds.

    It makes you wonder, if the Heat fail to win a title this season will Bosh be on the trading block or will he be able to stick with another member of the "Big 3" being shipped away?


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    Is it just me or does Carlos Boozer even look like Panthro?

    Both are bald, or in Boozer's case used to be bald, and with the muscular build is absolutely someone you want on your side in a fight. However just like Panthro's nunchaku, Boozer can be hot and cold.

    Boozer was brought in to be the second scoring option for the Bulls. Like I said based on looks and ability Panthro should be second to only the king but just like with the Boozer things aren't always how they look on paper.

    Just like Bosh, Boozer enjoyed more personal success before coming to Chicago. During his last season in Utah he averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds but this season he is down to 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds and finds himself often being replaced by Taj Gibson.

    Even with his struggles he still has a game here and there that makes you take notice. Last week against the Heat he led the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds in only 31 minutes of action. The Bulls won 96-86 in overtime.

    Maybe he can start building the Thundertank this summer if the Bulls win the NBA Championship this season.


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    In the original series, Tygra was level headed and was viewed as the second in command. In the new series, he is still second in command but is a little less level headed and is often jealous of Lion-O.

    Luol Deng can relate to both incarnations of Tygra.

    Deng is the definition of level headed and is always consistent. Year in and year out his number may go up, they may go down but never drastically one way or the other. He just shows up night in and night out and fills up the box score.

    In the new series, Tygra is the stepbrother of Lion-O and is second in line behind him to be king. Before Derrick Rose came to town, and even now when he is out of the lineup, Deng becomes the centerpiece of the team.

    While Rose is the MVP, it is hard to see the Bulls going far without Deng in the lineup and without Tyrga where would the Thundercats be?


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    Here is where I might get myself in some trouble with the Miami fans.

    Monkian is described as shifty and the first to run from danger. While the comparison might seem mean it is hard not to think of LeBron James.

    No one how many MVPs he wins, or how amazing his numbers are, he will always be critiqued for not taking and making the big shot. Until James wins an NBA title and performs well it will be hard for him to shake the perception that he is not a clutch player. 

    In the reboot of the series he is much more bloodthirsty and that is how most people would probably like to see James. He has the talent to dominate but the question is, does he have to will and desire?

    So if James is Monikan, then who is Slithe?


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    Slithe is the head general for Mumm-Ra—isn't that the perfect character to compare Dwayne Wade?

    Wade recruited both Chris Bosh and LeBron James to join him in Miami. He won a title while playing for Pat Riley in Miami, so it was a great recruiting tool

    Slithe is a sly and cunning character and will go for the kill if given the chance. Wade has that killer instinct that perhaps James lacks, which makes them a good compliment to each other.

    However, just like how Slithe and Monkian sometimes fight, the same can be said for James and Wade. Both like to have the ball in their hands, which means when they are on the floor together only one of them can get the ball.

    I know it is unthinkable to trade either Wade or James, but maybe Mumm-Ra would have beaten the Thundercats if Slithe and Monkian could work better together.


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    Jaga is the teacher and voice of reason for young Lion-O and the rest of the Thundercats. Again isn't that perfect for Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Thibodeau was a long time assistant, who after years finally gets a head-coaching job. In his first season he helped lead the Bulls to the best record in the league and won the Coach of the Year award.

    Most importantly he got his young star, Derrick Rose, and the rest of the team to buy into his system completely.

    Without Jaga the Thundercats would be lost, while it is scary to imagine what the Bulls would be like without Thibodeau. Actually it isn't that hard to imagine because they had Vinny Del Negro had their coach before him.


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    Now, this is the time where Heat fans might to flip all of this around and make Pat Riley into Jaga but bear with me.

    Riley played at Kentucky. He coached the Lakers, Knicks and Heat, while going against the Bulls in each of his stops. Actually he wasn't the head coach of the Lakers when they faced off against Chicago in the NBA finals but still.

    Many people joked about what Riley could have done to lure Bosh and James to Miami. Maybe he called upon the ancient spirits of evil like Mumm-Ra does.

    Also Riley is set to turn 68 and is by far the oldest person on this list, which makes him perfect to be the ever-living source of evil.

    So if Riley is Mumm-Ra and Thibodeau is Jaga, I guess it is clear who could be the young Lion-O.


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    Sorry I couldn't help myself.

    Derrick Rose was actually only one-year old when the original Thundercats series went off the air but he may still be young enough to catch the new series on Cartoon Network.

    Lion-O is just a child but due to an error in his suspension capsule aged so his body is that of an adult. Perfect comparison for Rose since he sometimes is very child like.

    During his MVP acceptance ceremony, he thanked his mom and openly has admitted to his love of Skittles. He loves them so much that the company actually put a Skittles machine in his house.

    Often in the series, Lion-O has to go through trials that will help him in life and every season seems to be a trial for Rose. Every off-season he focuses on something and works to improve it whether it be his outside shooting, his defense or just being better with the ball.

    Will this be the year Rose and the Bulls finally defeat Mumm-Ra and his evil forces?