Philadelphia 76ers: Embiid and Simmons should star in Space Jam 2

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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for The Chuck Jones Experience) /

With Space Jam 2 finally confirmed, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid should represent the Philadelphia 76ers alongside LeBron James.

As a child of the 1990s, I could not be more excited about the new LeBron James-helmed Space Jam 2.

While I will wholeheartedly admit that the original film is dated, to say the least, it does hold a special place in basketball history and serves as a variable touchstone for all things 90s basketball.

One day in the not too distant future, there will be kids who only remember Michael Jordan for his work on the silver screen, not his work on the court.

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So, when the news broke that James was finally moving forward with a modern interpretation of Space Jam, with Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler serving as a producer, it was a pretty big deal.

Though on-court accomplishments can immortalize a player in the hearts of basketball fans around the world, nothing quite helps a player pass into the realm of immortality like crossover success. While Charles Barkley may go down as one of the best to ever play the game, his off-court antics, including an appearance in the original Space Jam helped to make him a household name.

The Round Mound of Rebound owes a lot to his Space Jam appearance, and soon, a new generation of NBA players, coaches, and personalities will make their on-screen debut.

Two of those players should be Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

As one of the best payers in the world, with a personality to match, Embiid has all of the trappings of a Hollywood scene stealer, capable of creating his answer to the original Space Jam’s ‘You’re not Charles Barkley‘ moment for a new generation.

And as for Ben, well, his inclusion in Space Jam 2 appears to be all but a formality at this point.

As the effective heir to James’ throne, the Fresh Prince and King James are reportedly working on a tv show based on Simmons’ transition from Australian phenom to American five-star prospect in a script that I’m sure Will Smith himself would approve of. It is going to be called ‘Brotherly Love‘ after all.

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So as news continues to drip out about the second Space Jam movie, set to film next summer, we’ll have to wait and see who will be announced as the potential supporting cast. However, outside of a surprise return cameo of Barkley and Shawn Bradley, it looks like Philly could be heavily represented by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.