Is Space Jam 2 in the works? Will Lebron James star in it? All of those questions and then some have arisen in recent weeks. The rumors started swirling when Warner Bros announced that it had signed a deal with the basketball star to start developing projects for him.
James wouldn’t be the first NBA star to appear in a feature film—take Michael Jordan in the first Space Jam. Neither would it be his first film appearance, as he just had a prominent role in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck. However, a basketball movie featuring James along with the all of our favorite Looney Tunes would assuredly be terrific. After all, who doesn’t like the original Space Jam?
While there’s already extensive circumstantial evidence surrounding the likelihood of a new Space Jam, the project seems to be under the microscope, speaking to the one thing we know to be true: Until something’s finalized,nothing is certain—whether it’s in the sports or movie industry, or when the two collide. That doesn’t mean that we can’t envision what a Space Jam 2 would include.
Let’s be honest, basketball movies that feature legitimate basketball stars as actors have usually turned out pretty well. Even non-basketball movies starring basketball players (cough…Kaazam) aren’t all that bad if only because it’s interesting to see the star athletes out of their element. Sure there are flops — Like Mike, or Rebound starring Martin Lawrence — but more times than not, they do some justice in depicting the game that we all love. Based on that, here are six of the best movies that don’t just include basketball, but are about the game itself.