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The Ultimate Space Jam Matchup: Team LeBron vs. Team Jordan

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The moment we were all waiting for has finally come. We’ve found out about whose going to try and save the planet this summer when Space Jam 2 starts shooting, after several controversies surrounding LeBron James’ supporting cast.

Still, there are a lot of haters that claim this movie isn’t going to be nearly half as good as the first one, featuring a prime Michael Jordan that beat the Monstars and saved the world next to Buggs Bunny.

Truth to be told, Team LeBron has what it takes to give the Monstars a hard time as well, but which one of them could win if they’ve faced each other in their primes? Let’s break it down.

Team LeBron

Diana Taurasi, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis

This brand new TuneSquad features none other than Diana Taurasi, a girl that could put most NBA players on skates with her sweet and crafty moves, smooth jumper and great basketball IQ.

Also, we find one of LeBron’s biggest friends in Chris Paul, the ultimate point god, next to Anthony Davis - LeBron’s newest teammate - and Klay Thompson, so that makes 3 two-way studs who can play lockdown defense and torch you on the offensive end.

Last but not least, Damian Lillard takes the stage, a guy that’s just destined to become a star and who is used to proving everybody wrong after being called an underdog. Also, when in need of a clutch bucket to save the world, just put the rock in Dame Dolla’s hands.

Team Jordan

Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley

Team Jordan, on the other hand, features some of the most talented players to ever lace them up, starting with a Muggsy Bogues -- who shouldn’t have even made it to the league but ended up proving all of his doubters wrong with his crafty moves.

Shawn Bradley may not be your average mobile big man, but his presence is definitely going to alter some shots, especially if joined by a driving force of the likes of Patrick Ewing.

Also, if you want to play physically, then you have the explosively athletic Larry Johnson, a human highlight film, next to one of the peskiest, smartest, and most dominant double-double machines in Charles Barkley.

Game Review

Team Jordan wins the jump ball thanks to Shawn Bradley, and they immediately get off to the races with a great start fueled by Bogues’ speed and Barkley’s presence in the post, punishing team LeBron off the pick and roll for a 35-30 lead after the first quarter.

Taurasi is just reluctant to throw the towel so quickly as she goes on a 10-2 run of his own to give team LeBron the lead, but Larry Johnson’s emphatic dunks and explosiveness get Davis’ into foul trouble early and team Jordan just keeps on pounding inside and lead 75-70 at the break.

Team Jordan gets off to a great start of the second half inspired by some Barkley-Ewing big-to-big connection down low, with Team LeBron struggling to contest them due to the lack of size and Davis’ foul trouble, until Klay Thompson gets hot in the blink of an eye and goes 5-5 from three to take a 1 point lead after three.

Chris Paul struggles from the field for most of the game and he just can’t seem to buy a bucket in the fourth either, but his playmaking abilities are at his best to keep on finding a wide-open Klay Thompson.

Team Jordan is up 2 with 10 seconds left. They take a timeout to call the last play of the game, but Chris Paul swaps the ball out of Barkley’s fingers and finds Damian Lillard, who pulls up for a heavily-contested shot from 30 feet away. Nothing but net, Lillard time, baby, and Team LeBron lead 136-135, with 3 seconds left.

After Team Jordan called a timeout, we witness one of the best plays in Space Jam history. Larry Johnson pump fakes for three and then throws an alley-oop pass to Patrick Ewing who just touches the ball for another alley-oop to lead to Charles Barkleys' amazing buzzer-beating dunk for the win against Team LeBron, 137-136.


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