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NBA Heroes: Which NBA Player Would Play Each Justice League Character?

Steven ElonichCorrespondent IMay 13, 2011

NBA Heroes: Which NBA Player Would Play Each Justice League Character?

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    MIAMI, FL - MAY 01:  Rajon Rondo #9  of the Boston Celtics points during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 1, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    The Justice League was an organization of Superheroes with the sole mission of protecting the world. NBA players aren't exactly saving the world, but which ones would play the cast from "The Justice League."

    I cannot cover the entire Justice League, as there are a multitude of them throughout the comic book years, so I will just mention those on the animated television show, which include:

    Superman

    Batman

    Wonder Woman

    The Flash

    The Green Lantern

    Aquaman

    Martian Manhunter

    Special Guest: Hawkman

Superman: Dwight Howard

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    PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 14:  Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic emerges from a phone booth wearing a Superman cape during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 14, 2009 in Ph
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    Did you really expect anything else? Dwight Howard is Superman. The ridiculously strong giant who dominated the dunk contest and can basically fly might as well play Superman, right? Throw in being a leader and wearing the cape and you got yourself a match.

Batman: Manu Ginobili

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    MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 23:  Manu Ginobili #3 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 23, 2011 in Memphis, Ten
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    This is perfect. Both are intelligent guys who have a special relationship with bats. Although the real Batman fell into a bat cave and was scarred and Ginobili just smacks them down mid-game, they both are very comparable. Plus, Ginobili wears black.

    For those who don't know, Ginobili has slapped down two bats that found their way into the building during Spurs games.

Wonder Woman: Joakim Noah

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 10: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls points to family in the stands before taking on Atlanta Hawks in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 10, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
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    This one was tough. Out of all the NBA players, Joakim Noah jumped out at me as being "most capable of pretending to be a female." It must have been the ponytail. I could have just gone with a cheerleader, but that seemed like the easy way out. My apologies, Joakim Noah. Don't eat me.

The Flash: Rajon Rondo

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    BOSTON - JUNE 08:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics runs up court after making a play against the Los Angeles Lakers Game Three of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 8, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    This is how I see the flash playing basketball: quick with good defense, but doesn't have a good shot. Hello, Mr. Rondo! I can see you being the guy who is never important at the end of the day and just kind of helps everyone get to the situation for victory, but doesn't actually pull the win off himself.

Green Lantern: Phil Jackson

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    The Green Lantern harnesses the power of his ring. Well, Phil Jackson is pretty good with rings himself, as he has 11 championship rings from coaching the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

Aquaman: Pau Gasol

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the second half while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, Ca
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    Yeah, I know, Pau Gasol looks like an ostrich, you don't need to tell me twice. However, the only thing relative to "aqua" that immediately came to my head in the NBA is "Lakers." Which Laker seemed most likely to talk to fish? Pau Gasol.

Martian Manhunter: Derrick Rose

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 12:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls reacts after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Phillips Arena on May 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: Use
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    Superhuman strength, shape shifting, speed, durability, longevity, stamina, invisibility, intangibility, senses, intelligence, regeneration, flight and great vision all describe Martian Manhunter.

    Derrick Rose is fantastic in most of these categories, although he's not an alien or a blue-green color. Other than that, he's definitely Martian Manhunter.

Hawkman: Birdman

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 21:  Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets takes a free throw against the Toronto Raptors at the Pepsi Center on March 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Raptors 123-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges a
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    Yeah, this was just necessary.

    Chris Anderson for the win, folks!

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