Stephen Curry, the reigning NBA MVP, could the one starring in ‘Space Jam 2’ and not LeBron James as was previously expected, according to several reports.
Last July, it was a foregone conclusion that the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar would take Michael Jordan’s place in the movie sequel, especially after James’ SpringHill Entertainment signed with Warner Bros. in an unprecedented agreement spanning all areas of content creation.
At the time, James, fresh off his impressive performance in ‘Trainwreck’, addressed the rumors: “We hope (Space Jam 2 can happen). We’re definitely missing Bugs and Daffy and Tasmanian Devil and every last one of them, so hopefully we can do some great things.”
November 15, 2016, will mark the 20th anniversary of the epic basketball flick. And there’s a good possibility that Bugs Bunny and the looney toons return to play some hoops. Last year, former NBA star Baron Davis, now a part of the entertainment business, proposed the idea of Curry starring in an Avengers-Style version of Space Jam 2. According to this IMDB page, the movie is planned for 2017.
So, why exactly should Curry be favored for Space Jam 2?
For starters, Curry has pipped LeBron as the most popular athlete in America. There are several indicators: 1) Curry leads the NBA in jersey sales (top seller in 46 states), 2) has received more all-star votes than James for two consecutive seasons, and 3) his popularity is on the rise.
On the court, too, James is playing second fiddle. In their last five head-to-head showdowns, the Warriors have won five straight over James and the Cavaliers, including the last few games of the NBA Finals. If Curry and the Warriors trump Cavs again this June, it would only solidify this argument.
Stephen Curry is more relatable…
The Warriors superstar is more relatable to the younger generation. Most kids can relate to a 6-foot-3 guard who weighs less than 200 pounds. Unlike James, Curry is not a freak of nature. Frank Isola of the NY Daily News summed it up perfectly: “It’s easier for a majority of fans to identify with Curry as opposed to someone as physically gifted and powerful as LeBron.”
Also, while James is in his second stint in Cleveland after four years with Miami, Curry has been with the Warriors since they drafted him seventh overall in 2009. This builds the loyalty factor and gives Bay Area fans hope that Curry would stick with them for the rest of his career.
Curry has a more likeable personality. You rarely see him argue with referees or coaches. He just goes about his business and rarely throws a fit.
A regular American…
Stephen Curry wasn’t highly recruited out of high school in Charlotte and became a self-made player at Davidson. He worked to get where he is. On the other hand, James was tipped for greatness even before he entered the NBA. Curry is the underdog and that’s something most can relate to.
Religious and family man….
Curry has never refrained from praising Jesus Christ, his lord and savior, at every juncture of his career. Also, Curry’s family lineage is well documented. While both his parents were athletes at the highest level, his brother plays in the NBA and his wife has earned praise for her charitable work. Of course, there’s also daughter Riley Curry, who outshines her father during press conferences.
The time is right for Stephen Curry to star in Space Jam 2.