Mike & Molly, NBA Style: Part 1S

You may have noticed that many of your favorite sports media platforms like to express ideas about the NBA through the prism of popular culture. Here's Grantland applying Game of Thrones plotlines to the NBA in a two-part series. Here's Sports On Earth turning players from the year's playoffs into a Game of Thrones-themed comic strip. Here's The Classical telling us which characters from Game of Thrones correspond with which NBA players. Here's Grantland—again in a two-part series—explaining the state of the NBA through quotes from Game of Thrones. Here's Jason Whitlock using Game of Thrones to tell us why the Indiana Pacers are a dangerous playoff team. Here's an SB Nation blog figuring out which NBA teams correspond to which houses from Game of Thrones. Such a wide array of perspectives!

We wanted to get in on the fun, too, but then we realized that Game of Thrones, despite its evident popularity among people who write about sports on the internet, isn't exactly a cultural touchstone for the population at large. Not everyone has HBO, you know? So we decided to look at the NBA through the lens of a different show: CBS's Mike & Molly, a popular sitcom about a couple of Chicago newlyweds. Mike is the laid-back momma's boy police officer; Molly is the high-strung elementary school teacher with an occasional temper. Which NBA players are which Mike & Molly characters? Find out by joining us now for Mike & Molly, NBA style.

LeBron James: Mike

Kevin Durant: Molly

Zach Randolph: Mike

Stephen Curry: Molly

Tim Duncan: Molly

Marc Gasol: Mike

JaVale McGee: Mike

Kobe Bryant: Molly

Derrick Rose: Molly

Roy Hibbert: Mike

J.R. Smith: Mike

Danny Green: Mike

Dwight Howard: Mike

Rajon Rondo: Molly

Jarrett Jack: Mike

Derek Fisher: Molly

James Harden: Mike

Ray Felton: Mike

Tyson Chandler: Molly

Tony Parker: Molly

Deron Williams: Mike/Molly

Rasheed Wallace: Mike

Carmelo Anthony: Molly

Paul George: Mike

Joakim Noah: Mike

Nate Robinson: Mike

Dwyane Wade: Molly

Mario Chalmers: Mike

Manu Ginobili: Mike

Serge Ibaka: Molly

Check back soon for Part 2*!

(* There won't be a Part 2)

Art by Barry Petchesky. Jack Dickey contributed reporting.