Space Jam 2: Potential Costars for LeBron

The much-anticipated sequel to the 1996 classic, Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James has finally received a theatrical release date! Last week James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment announced on Twitter that the film would be released in theaters on July 16th, 2021.

Other than James being the star of the movie and Ryan Coogler as producer, not much else is known about the film. But if it at all follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, he will need five of his NBA colleagues to join him as costars. While we wait to hear more developments on the film, let’s speculate on some possible costars.

Isaiah Thomas

Now Isaiah Thomas may be the most logical transition for the sequel. The original small guy in Space Jam was Muggsy Bogues. In this updated film, we need another tough smaller NBA baller to take the torch.

Thomas always seems to be proving himself in his NBA career. In his eighth season, he is already with his sixth team. But more often than not his on-court skills speak for themselves. Now is the opportunity for the Denver Nuggets guard to let his personality shine on the silver screen. And maybe he can even repeat his own rendition of the heartfelt line that Bogues delivered in the first movie. The one that went “At least you guys are still tall. I’m nothing now. I’m just another short guy.” We felt for you Muggsy!

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak as he is referred to is having an MVP worthy season. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is averaging 27.2 points/game, 12.7 rebounds/game, and 6.0 assists/game this season.

Larger than his numbers and his 6-11 frame though is his personality. He exudes a great charisma. He has an infectious smile, and always provides good-natured responses to the media. It only seems natural Antetokounmpo would make a perfect transition into acting!

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid may currently be the best trash talker in the league. He relentlessly trolls rival players on social media. He also takes no prisoners in pre and post-game press conferences.

He was once famously quoted for saying “I own a lot of real estate in his head” in regard to getting Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond heated and ejected during a game. Embiid’s trash-talking knows no bounds and would make him a great character for this sequel!

Draymond Green

A fierce defensive player on the court, Draymond Green has quickly made a villain persona for himself in the league. While his teammate on the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry has portrayed the good guy image of the NBA, Green seems to embellish the villain role.

The 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year is someone who’s known to be able to lock up any opposing player, from point guard to center. That is not without some extra physicality and maybe some flailing limbs here and there. Just ask Steven Adams. His intense, fierce, and fiery personality will make for great cinema.

Jimmy Butler

Over the past few seasons, there has been a certain “image” that Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler has portrayed.

His departures from the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves were a bit rocky, to say the least. Trade demands typically point to a strained relationship for both parties involved. But maybe there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Is Butler just misunderstood? A role in Space Jam 2 would be more than a chance to shine on screen for Butler. It would be a chance to tell his story and reinvent his image.

Casting Call

The five players mentioned above simply from a basketball standpoint would be quite a formidable combination. And the same can be said when it comes to their flair and personalities. The individuals all bring an aura of charisma and intensity that can’t be said for everyone in the league. They would all be excellent additions to the movie. Come on LeBron, start recruiting! And don’t worry you won’t get in trouble for tampering this time. Just no one tell Kawhi Leonard we were here…

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