Barkley has gone on record in the past expressing his disdain for the upcoming sequel. As a part of the original cast, Barkley hailed the movie as a “classic” and stated that LeBron James’ version would be an attempt to “imitate something that was already good.” While time can change a lot of things, it hasn’t swayed the way Barkley feels about the forthcoming film.
“Not at all,” Barkley said when asked if he’s now a Space Jam 2 supporter Monday’s NBA Awards. ET’s Deidre Behar then went on to inquire if critically acclaimed director Ryan Coogler signing on to be a producer makes the project more enticing.
“Well, listen, I don’t care,” he responded. “Space Jam 1 was amazing. We don’t need 2.”
Although he’s a respected NBA Hall of Famer, Barkley’s opinion is the least of the film’s worries. Ever since James’ SpringHill Entertainment company inked a deal with Warner Bros. to produce the sequel, they have scrambling to find other NBA players to star alongside James. LeBron’s deep relationship with Nike ruled out a host of names including Adidas athlete James Harden, while personal conflicts kept players like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo from participating.
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