The “LeBron James will definitely star in Space Jam 2” story is once again a thing for the Internet to talk about after it was revealed yesterday that the project now has a director in Justin Lin. LeBron has yet to commit to the role – he is in “zero dark whatever he calls it when he goes into playoff mode” currently – but really he hasn’t said much about Space Jam 2 since 2012. We’ve all just taken the proverbial ball and ran with the story ever since. It’s kind of like those “hey, Michael Jordan is really rich” stories that pop up every few months just so we’re reminded that MJ is more than just a meme the kids use these days.

Back in 2012, the idea of LeBron starring in Space Jam 2 made way more sense because it had a built-in storyline (that we plotted out) of James finally climbing the mountaintop and winning his first championship. They could have started the movie during “The Decision” and told the tale of his personal redemption with the help of Bugs, Daffy, Bill Murray and Larry Bird (because any Space Jam sequel needs to have Bill Murray and Larry Bird) that ends with James raising up his first championship in Miami while wearing a pair of the Nike LeBron 9. It was a story that wrote itself, but that scenario doesn’t make sense in 2016 and especially in 2017, the earliest a hypothetical movie of this magnitude could drop.

Now that James is back in Cleveland the story has to shift to The King finally fulfilling his promise to bring a championship to a city that is mostly known for losing in the most gut-wrenching way possible. Winning in Cleveland doesn’t have the same cool factor as winning in Miami, so Lin and his team are writers are going to have their hands full trying to come up with ways to make blue-collar Akron as appealing as South Beach. In 2012, The Monstars could have gotten their powers from James’ Heat teammates Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Jesus Shuttlesworth Ray Allen, guys that were made for the camera; now it’s probably Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. Look, any way that we can get Uncle Drew and Team Swish on the big screen is all good in my eyes, but they can’t be the “talent” the Monstars steal from. A Space Jam sequel has to aim higher and improve upon the original so that the parents/MJ stans – who were kids themselves when they saw the first movie – who take their kids to see this movie won’t lose their damn minds.

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Prevents cramps. What?

Bill Murray and Larry Bird Need To Come Back

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Warner Bros..

A nod to or even a cameo by Michael Jordan in Space Jam 2 seems inevitable, but Lin also needs to bring back the legendary comedic duo of Murray and Bird. Their chemistry in the few minutes that they were on the screen together was electric and that deserves a second go-around. Murray himself has said that a lot of kids know him mostly for Space Jam so his involvement is of the utmost importance. I will riot if Kevin Hart – who is in every movie already – takes Murray’s place.

Kobe Bryant Runs The Monstars

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Nike

If Larry Bird asks for too much money, which is nonsense because you can’t give Legend too much money, I’ll settle for the Black Mamba. I’m sure his comedic timing will be a perfect fit for Murray. But if we’re really playing up this whole narrative that Kobe loves to be the bad guy, why not make him the new leader of the Monstars? It’s a role made for an a-hole (Kevin Durant’s words, not mine) and who’s been a bigger NBA villain through the years than Mamba? The big reveal is that Kobe’s post-retirement plan included “world domination.”

Russell Westbrook Is One Of The Monstars

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USA Today

No costume or CGI required since he already has the gear. Wait, what?

Blake And Marvin Renew Their Blood Feud

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Nike

Really, it should be Blake Griffin playing the LeBron role if we’re keeping up with the Nike/Jordan/Warner Bros. continuity here, but I’ll settle for Blake showing up in the middle of the movie (probably driving up in a Kia) to join the Tune Squad and having a few tense moments with Marvin The Martian. Bonus points if Dr. Drain gets a cameo too…

What About Steph?

Steph Curry

In 2012, LeBron James was unquestionably the most popular player in the NBA. Now that Stephen Curry has taken that title – or at least made it an interesting argument – there might be more than a few people out there who would like to see Curry in the lead role. His Under Armour deal will probably prevent him from being in the movie (Nike will probably push for only Nike and Jordan athletes to appear), but he would make a great Monstar. Or at least a conflicted one because whoever steals his powers would be too nice to ever be a bad guy.

Kanye West Handles Soundtrack Duties

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This probably doesn’t happen if Nike is way too involved in the project, but LeBron should make a quick phone call to Yeezy and have him take care of the tracklist for what will surely be the biggest album of whatever year this movie drops. Just don’t bring back R. Kelly, ‘Ye, just don’t. We’ll settle for a Seal redux…

Drake On The Sidelines Of The Ultimate Game

Drake Fan

Because of course Drake is going to be in the movie. He’s the perfect celebrity heckler and if the Monstars blast him off to space after a few minutes of his antics, even better.

Bugs Bunny, MJ Stan

Nike
Nike

One of the movie’s most compelling subplots should be Bugs’ reluctance to trust LeBron because he teamed up with MJ for so many years. Turn him into a movie version of every MJ fan that has wanted tell ‘Bron off for years. Start every sentence with “Ehhhhh (chews carrot), MJ woulda…” and you have the ultimate troll.

The Air Jordan 11 Space Jam Makes An Appearance

Nike Talk
Nike Talk

One of the movie’s lasting legacies is the Air Jordan 11 that MJ wore in the big game. If the story does take place 20 years after the original, those shoes should pop up somewhere in the movie, even if it’s for a few seconds. Have them propped up on a pedestal that the Tune Squad passes by. It’s a great nod to sneakerheads and will make anybody who couldn’t cop the upcoming 20th anniversary edition dropping during the holidays jealous.

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The Nike LeBron _ Space Jam Needs To Be Fire

Yup, they can’t mess this one up. We’re still talking about the Air Jordan 11 Space Jam to this day so whatever Nike has cooking for a possible appearance in Space Jam 2, it needs to be on the same level of iconic, uh, ness. Of course, predicting what will be cool 20 years from now is impossible but at least Nike has to justify whatever crazy release plans they will have for this shoe.

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