Casting the NBA Finals as The Usual Suspects


Let's hope the 2013 NBA Finals turns out to be as suspenseful as the classic 1995 film, The Usual Suspects

Let’s hope the 2013 NBA Finals turns out to be as suspenseful as the classic 1995 film, The Usual Suspects

If the characters in this year’s NBA Finals were re-cast as characters in the film, The Usual Suspects, here are the roles I think they would have played.  What are your thoughts on who would be who?
  • Verbal Kint, who was played by Kevin Spacey, is Tony Parker (tricky, quick on his feet, unpredictable)
  • Keyser Soze is LeBron (unstoppable force, someone has to be the villain)
  • Dean Keaton, who was played by Gabriel Byrne, is Tim Duncan (straight-laced, the calm and cerebral leader)
  • Todd Hockney, who was played by Kevin Pollak, is Kawhi Leonard (unsung hero, moments of comic relief/3-point shooting)
  • McManus, who was played by Stephen Baldwin, is Chris “Birdman” Anderson (batshit crazy, but with a useful skill)
  • Fenster, who was played by Benicio Del Toro, is Manu Ginobili.  (comic relief, offensive spark-plug relief)
  • Redfoot is Ray Allen (on the wrong team, an obstacle to overcome)
  • FBI Agent Baer, played by Giancarlo Esposito, is Shane Battier.  (one of the obstacles in the way)
  • Agent Kujan, played by Chazz Palminteri, is Erik Spoelstra (thinks he’s in control, trying to trap Verbal, but he’s getting played)
  • Kobayashi, played by Pete Postlethwaite, is Gregg Popovich (always a step ahead, hands out the assignments)
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