I like to read. I like to write but no one likes to read what I write, so I'll write about what I like to read and see if you like reading it. You can also write about it:
Greg Popovich: I don't want to do this in a negative way, but Greg Popovich represents Captain Ahab in my book--which I've not written yet. Sure, Ahab is listed as evil, monomaniacal, burned with passion for his one goal. And I believe, after watching a steady 10 years of Spurs basketball, that all could be said for Pop. The only difference I wanted to clarify is the end result. I don't want to see Pop drown in the River, strapped to the Larry O'brien trophy.
"Swerve me? The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents' beds, unerringly I rush."
Tim Duncan = Woodrow Call, of Lonesome Dove.
Captain Woodrow Call lacks Duncan's subtle sense of humor and is much more naive about the world, however their work ethic and consistency in excellence is what pairs them up in my caffeine drenched mind.
Out of the four Lonesome Dove books, the first three are worth you're while: Lonesome Dove, Dead Man's Walk, and Streets of Laredo.
Woodrow Call, if you've ever seen the 80's mini-series, was played by Tommy Lee Jones, who is a Texas native and I believe to be a fan of the San Antonio Spurs. Things are connecting here, I know you feel it.
Manu Ginobili = Sydney Carlton.
This one may contain a spoiler if you've never read Dicken's classic, a Tale of Two Cities, so stop reading here if you're planning on reading and don't have a terrible memory. Syndey Carlton is best remembered as a sacrificial hero, who at the end of the novel takes the place of a prisoner set to be beheaded by the guillotine.
Ginobili, over the last 3 or so years, has showed nothing but a humble nature in taking a reserve role in a league where he could have easily been a franchise player. Sacrifice, humility, and foreignness--they both have these qualities.
Tony Parker = Jean Valjean, prisoner 24601
They're both French--that's all I got.
Mace = Stephen King's, The Gunslinger.
If you've not read the Gunslinger series, I'm almost timid to recommend them. The first three, released in the 80's, were pretty tootin' entertaining, but I simply struggled through the last four, only catching bits of greatness throughout the amount of tree it took to print all those words on, however: the idea of the Gunslinger, a mysterious hero created from the tones of Sergio Leone's Clint Eastwood, who spends seven books firing through monsters, baddies and whatever else King decided to toss in, is just Mace personified--or the reverse of that.
Mace is the least timid shooter I've seen in a long time. He is the Gunslinger, and not in a Brett Farve "I wear Wranglers," kind of a way.
BLOLAIR and G-Hill:
I don't have characters in mind for these two, but simply a book, and a children's book at that: Dr. Seuss's "Oh, The Places You'll Go." I think both these kids have tremendous upside, much like I did when I first saw Tony Parker and Manu in their first few seasons.
The book linked above is not just a story for children, although I've read it to my two year old, but it is a story for anyone about to embark in a new phase of their life, written from the perspective of a wise old coot who knows the ups and downs. The theme is optimistic, but also realistic:
You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sites!
You'll join the high fliers!
Who soar to high heights,
And then there's this:
Except when you don't,
Because, sometimes, you won't,
I'm sorry to says so
But, sadly, it's true
Can happen to you
And Finally, Michael Finley is represented by John Scalzi's Old Man's War,
A great series of books, and fitting due to the title.