Sneaker Contracts Causing Holdup in “Space Jam 2” Casting

The cast for the highly anticipated “Space Jam 2” is proving to be more difficult than thought due to sneaker contracts.


Starring LeBron James, Ryan Coogler’s “Space Jam 2” is currently facing holdups because the franchise is limited to cast Nike endorsors. Given LeBron’s Nike contract and the company’s involvement in the production, players who have contracts with rival brands are prohibited to participate in the classic reboot.

This means that superstars such as James Harden and Stephen Curry will likely be ruled out as casting choices. Thankfully, Nike has a rich pool of NBA talent to choose from such as Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis, despite Giannis Antetokounmpo turning down the offer earlier in the week.

Also, to adapt to the shoe contract situation, Coogler’s film will focus more on the character’s family aspect and less on featured NBA player’s stardom; in fact, Sonequa Martin-Green was just recently casted to play James’ character’s wife.

Who do you think should star in “Space Jam 2”? Let us know in the comment section below.

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8 Comments

    1. That’s what I’m confused about too. It can only have Nike athletes?
      Even if that’s the case, a lot has been made of the fact that Giannis doesn’t want to take part and other athletes may not want to either. I wonder why though apart from money or something since wouldn’t they all be on the same team (Earth)? Is Lebron really seen as that “toxic” that they don’t want to be on his team in a movie?

    2. That’s the movie studio and Nike’s bad. The original had Larry Johnson, Patrick Ewing, and Mugsy Bogues, all NBA players who were with non Nike companies. Sad because they are some great non Nike talents out there who could make this movie something special (Harden, Curry, Dame, Embiid to name a few)

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