2.9.2018, Berlin: James LeBron, NBA professional of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks at an event during the promotion tour "More than an athlete". The two-time Olympic champion has won the North American professional league NBA three times in his career and is regarded as the best basketball player of his generation. Photo: Carsten Koall/dpa (Photo by Carsten Koall/picture alliance via Getty Images)

5 NBA ‘Mon-Stars’ Who Should Suit Up For LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’

Photo: Carsten Koall (Getty Images)

One great basketball movie deserves another, and such is the case with the most successful one of all-time, Space Jam. Now comes the fun part: the casting of Space Jam 2, following Lebron James opening his I Promise School. While this movie has been noted not to be a sequel to the first, there are rumors circling of some big names returning.

Elder millennials remember Space Jam as one of the highlights of the ’90s. It had your favorite Looney Tunes characters, a bomb soundtrack and Superman himself, Michael “Air” Jordan. Despite years of failed attempts to get the second movie off the ground, news finally broke Wednesday that LeBron James is officially teaming up with Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler, and Terence Nance behind the camera.

Of course, we expect Bugs Bunny and pals to hoop up for the Toon Squad (and you bet your ass we better see Bill Murray), but which NBA stars should be cast to join LeBron in this soon-to-be-epic sports saga? The original had all-stars Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley and Larry Johnson, which begs the question as to who should LeBron and Co. consider being cast for the Monstars?

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In the original, the evil aliens stole talents from the shortest and tallest players in the NBA. In 1995, that casting meant including Muggsy Bogues (5’3″) and Shawn Bradley (7’6″).

In 2018, that means…

Isaiah Thomas (5’9″)

We were hoping to see Kevin Hart, who might make Thomas look like a “monstar.”

Boban Marjanovic (7’3″)

We’re guessing Boban’s been called a monster his entire life. Look how freakishly large this man is!

In addition, we’d like to see…

James Harden

How can you pass up giving last year’s MVP a spot on the roster, especially with that cartoonish beard? He’s got acting chops and is a snazzy dresser to boot.

Anthony Davis

He’s a “mon-star” on the boards who can shoot, block and run both ends of the court (and has a unibrow that could rival Yosemite Sam’s mustache).

Kevin Durant

Not only is he arguably as talented as LeBron but was supposed to be the lead in Space Jam 2 back in 2011. Here’s hoping James doesn’t oust him out of fear of been overshadowed by the Warriors star.

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People have already started weighing in heavily, as they do.

What do you guys think? What celebrities and NBA stars are must-have players for the movie?


Josh Helmuth is a sports reporter in St. Louis who contributes to Mandatory.


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