When NBA superstar LeBron James seemed to tell fellow NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard “we’ll be in touch” on a visit to Leonard’s Toronto the internet went wild with speculation about what it means for the first-year Toronto Raptor and his free agency future. But the hype all hinges on the “we” that James used in telling Leonard “we’ll be in touch.” Is the “we” the Lakers and Magic Johnson? Because that might mean those three guys are gonna works something out where Leonard joins LeBron in La La Land, delighting both purple-and-gold and alliteration fans. And La La Land it would be — because that is one dreamy one-two punch, Kawhi/LeBron.
But what if the “we” in LeBron’s message is Spring Hill Entertainment, the James-backed Hollywood company about to shoot the much anticipated sequel to Space Jam? That seems more plausible, simply given that if LeBron is using we it’s more likely to mean him and his personal business team than him and his professional NBA team. The first “we”, the personal one — of which Spring Hill Entertainment is a large part — has been together since he was in high school. And James has been a Laker for less than a year. The under-the-radar reason James may have indicated imminent Kawhi talks with the Spring Hill “we” is the Space Jam sequel. Spring Hill just announced it, naming just LeBron, Bugs Bunny and Lola Bunny as stars so far. (Lola shares top billing in a changed Hollywood.) So who are the NBA stars in the new Space Jam movie going to be?
When Michael Jordan starred in the original Space Jam, it featured Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Muggsy Bogues and Larry Johnson among others. Who will be LeBron’s cohort? The so-called brotherhood of Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, James and Carmelo Anthony makes those guys favorites for roles. But the presence of quiet Kawhi? Now he could be a scene stealer, a perfect replacement for scene stealer Barkley. All Kawhi has to do is laugh to set the world on fire. People will go just to see Kawhi doing his movie thing, no doubt. And Spring Hill knows how to cast, for sure. Just check out The Shop on HBO.