ESPN and NBA Goes Marvel

Not satisfied with their triumphant merging of the Tron and Marvel universes in the November edition of Wired, Marvel and ESPN have teamed to bring you a mashup of NBA players and teams with their heroes.

The NBA has faced a number of shakeups this season as Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat. The New Jersey Nets left the Izod Center, where they had played since 1981, and were purchased by Mikhail Prokhorov, the second richest man in Russia. The number one overall draft pick, John Wall, will also make his debut with the Washington Wizards when they travel to the new Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, to take on the Orlando Magic.

Now you might be wondering why we mention all this for those of you not into basketball. The reason? These events and other highlights are depicted in the November edition of ESPN The Magazine by Marvel artists including Olivier Coipel, Leinil Francis Yu, J. Scott Campbell, Terry Dodson, Kaare Andrews, John Romita Sr., and Marvel Editor-In-Chief, Joe Quesada. Quesada did the honors on the cover of this issue for ESPN. Perhaps not so coincidently, elements of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, all stars of the upcoming Avengers film as well as their own, appear on the cover.

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