If You Thought the Lakers Were Bad This Season, Space Jam 2 Could Be Even Worse

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After his starring role in extending the Los Angeles Lakers playoff drought to an inconceivable sixth season, NBA superstar LeBron James might be forced to trot out the same underwhelming crew that embarrassed itself all year for his upcoming Space Jam 2.

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According to NBC Sports, the Akron native is struggling to reel in big names like Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, or soon-to-be MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, to join him in giving The Monstars the business on the silver screen.

Which means that while Michael Jordan was flanked by legends like Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley in the Joe Pytka-helmed original, Space Jam 2 could end up looking a lot like this:

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Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka built their roster about as well as Dr. Umar built his school—and it appears LeBron might be forced to follow suit.

“He’s been recruiting players to come and try to be in Space Jam with him this summer, and he hasn’t been able to close some of those deals,” NBA journalist Brian Windhorst revealed on ESPN’s The Jump. “Some of the top guys he wants to come and be with him in the movie […] ‘You put me in the movie where you’re the star, I’m gonna be the one you’re dunking on.’”

If I’m Dame Lillard I’m not trying to get dunked on for a check either.

But since LeBron will be watching the playoffs on the couch with the rest of us, I guess he’ll have plenty of time to revamp his recruitment methods—both for the Lakers next season and for his upcoming movie.

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Filming and production for Space Jam 2 is scheduled to begin this summer.

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The fact that Jordan’s contemporaries were willing to appear in Space Jam with him while still competing for titles and Bron can’t get one to do this film is a little unsettling. I don’t know if the league has changed or the attitude toward LeBron has but I can’t imagine turning this opportunity down if I had the chance.