With "Game of Thrones" mania still sweeping much of the nation, sports teams are trying to capitalize on the hype. The Sacramento Kings attempted to do this on Monday night by comparing every NBA team to a character from the show, but some of their choices were odd, to say the least.
One of the weirdest choices was the character they chose to represent the Celtics. Words don't do the description justice, so here's the tweet from the Kings' official Twitter.
UPDATE: The Kings since have deleted the tweet, so here's a screenshot:
Yes, that is Ed Sheeran, who did make a brief cameo on the show as a Lannister soldier that Arya Stark encountered while traveling to King's Landing. He doesn't do much of note, other than sing a campfire song, so it's unclear why the Kings chose him as the character that represented the Celtics.
Perhaps they're attempting to compare Sheeran to the Celtics' logo, featuring their mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun? But even still, it's odd that they would choose a character that barely was on the show to represent any team.
However, the more egregious part of this is that the Kings compared themselves to Jon Snow, the King in the North. While Snow is a plucky underdog like the current Kings roster, his character arc better follows that of the Celtics, who were underdogs themselves last year and have since risen to potential championship contenders. Snow well could win the game of thrones, much like the Celtics still have a chance at winning the NBA title this year.
And if the Celtics weren't Jon Snow, the Toronto Raptors absolutely would be. Their team slogan is literally "We the North."
The Celtics had a much better "Game of Thrones" comparison last week when they compared Aron Baynes to Tormund Giantsbane. So for the moment, we'll stick with this comparison as our favorite.
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