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July 24, 2015

Who Will LeBron Face Off Against In ‘Space Jam 2’? Ranking Possible Monstar Squads

by Jared

Rumors are swirling that Warner Bros. and LeBron James will work to reboot/revitalize/reimagine/sequel-ize “Space Jam,” one of the most beloved sports movies of all time (especially for kids of the ’90s) for its genius pairing of Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes, plus Bill Murray and Larry “Clear” Bird.

If you’re not familiar with the film, a very quick recap: Jordan teams up with the Looney Tunes to play basketball against a team of aliens called the Monstars, who have stolen the powers — meaning the skills and physical attributes — of Jordan’s fellow NBA stars (Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Shawn Bradley, who were chosen both for their talent and, in the case of Bradley, because it would be funny to have such a tall guy on the team).

So if LeBron really does make a sequel to “Space Jam,” he’s the obvious choice for the lead. He’s the closest we have to Jordan in this era. He’s the league’s best and most marketable star. He’s already got the acting experience. It just makes sense. But the real question is: Which NBA players will become the basis for the newest Monstar squad?

There are plenty of marketable, funny, talented guys in today’s game. In all likelihood, dudes like Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin will get the call. But we’ve got lots of options — let’s rank possible Monstar squads based on themes besides “They’ll probably get the role.” A few ideas:

5. The Friend Squad — Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS

What good is being the star of a blockbuster movie if you can’t cast your friends in it as well? Wade, Paul and Anthony are known around the league as LeBron’s bros — they rode a banana boat together, for chrissakes. Regardless of fit, LeBron will find a way to get them in there. Then we’ll throw in Kyrie Irving, who has become something of a LeBron baby bro over the last year or so, and Big Z, LeBron’s longtime Cleveland running buddy who would also fill the goofy, gangly white guy role well. Kevin Love is NOT invited.

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