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Was Lebron James family in Space Jam?

LeBron James is a total dad in “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” ... It's one of the many reasons why this new “Space Jam” movie works so well. It's a family film — a family story that we can all relate to, and one that makes this film much stronger than it might seem on the surface. Deseret News‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ review: Did LeBron James bring family movies back?

Who plays lebrons family in Space Jam?

Sonequa Martin-Green as Kamiyah James, LeBron's wife who is a fictionalized version of Savannah James. Khris Davis as Malik, LeBron's childhood friend. wikipedia.orgSpace Jam: A New Legacy

We watched LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and 11 more basketball greats to see how they rate as actors. We were in for a few surprises.

Does every N.B.A. superstar really want to be in movies? You might think so, judging by the long and checkered history of players going Hollywood (not to mention the amount of flopping in today’s game). As the newly released “Space Jam: A New Legacy” takes the booming subgenre of films built on hoops talent into the era of remakes, here’s a guide to the best and worst performances by pro basketball players, starting in the 1970s.

If we are to believe this goofy 1979 movie — and why not? — basketball at the height of disco meant players doing the splits to celebrate buckets, coaching by astrology and Dr. J as the coolest man alive. Much of his mellow performance is shot in slow motion, adding to its swagger. In one scene, he seduces a woman by taking her to a playground and dunking in street clothes by himself in street clothes. In another, he enters a game by hot-air balloon, wearing a glittery silver uniform, backed by funky soul music. If John Travolta had a sports counterpart, this was it.

In this easygoing drama about a coach (played by Gabe Kaplan at the height of his “Welcome Back, Kotter” fame) who builds an underdog college program, the Knick star Bernard King delivers an understated, lived-in performance as a pool hustler with a silky jump shot. He keeps up with an ensemble of actors without outshining them too much on the court. Compared with the hectic video-game aesthetic of “Space Jam,” this character-driven movie feels refreshingly human.

There is no more famous jock cameo than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar playing himself pretending to be an ordinary commercial airplane pilot. The idea that the seven-foot superstar could disguise himself even after being challenged on it by a young fan is one of the countless jokes in this classic comedy. But when his frustration is supposed to turn into anger, Abdul-Jabbar can’t transcend his coolly unflappable stoicism.

In the greatest basketball movie of all time, this five-time all-star makes a brief but electric appearance as a guy enraged after getting hustled out of money, clearing the courts by swinging a knife around in ineffectual rage. It’s so convincing that you would never know he became famous for basketball, not acting.

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This unsung morality tale about a Bobby Knight-like college coach (Nick Nolte, crusty as ever) tempted into corruption is filled with performances by famous players (Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Bird) and coaches (Rick Pitino, Knight). They all capably play versions on themselves, but the revelation here is the Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy, who transforms into a morally ambivalent athletic director. It’s a startlingly assured performance from a Hall of Famer from the early years of the N.B.A.

Shaq is the most charismatic big man in history, funny in cameos and as a talking head, but as the star of his own movie, his track record is more like his foul shooting. The year before he would make one of the most forgettable DC superhero movies (“Steel”), he delivered this much-mocked performance as a rapping genie in this schmaltzy fantasy. Trying to grant the wishes of a blandly likable white kid with divorced parents, he lumbers through, shouting his lines, mugging and even burping for laughs.

Despite winning three Razzie Awards for this Jean-Claude Van Damme flop, Dennis Rodman is actually a plausible action star. He convincingly kickboxes, looks good in flamboyant get-ups (lots of hair die and leather) and wryly delivers corny lines riffing on his persona. (“You’re crazier than my hairstylist.”) All of this movie’s camp humor comes from the glint in his eye, which he needs when delivering one of many basketball references, despite the fact that he’s not supposed to be a player but rather an extremely tall arms dealer.

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Making your major movie debut opposite Denzel Washington must be as daunting as entering the pros and guarding LeBron James in your first game. Exuding innocence and quiet charisma, Ray Allen, in the meaty role of Coney Island basketball prodigy Jesus Shuttlesworth, accounts himself well, even if you never forget he’s moonlighting. He’s persuasive as a diffident, paralyzed high school star with buried anger at his father. It’s a role player of a performance that executes the game plan skillfully, occasionally with panache.

At 7 foot 7 inches, the Romanian center Gheorghe Muresan was the tallest player in the history of the N.B.A. That was enough for a solid pro career, even if his skills, especially early on, were unrefined. But for amateurs, acting can be tougher than sports. In this Billy Crystal buddy movie, he’s stuck in a slump. It can be hard to understand him (English is not his first language), and in his reaction shots, he might hold another record: least expressive star in the history of comedy.

When it comes to movies starring Brooklyn Nets, “Uncle Drew,” featuring Kyrie Irving, is flashier and funnier. But there’s nothing in it as impressive as Kevin Durant pretending to be awful at basketball in this rigorously wholesome “Freaky Friday”-like movie in which he accidentally trades talents with a clumsy high school kid. A common trope for this genre (“Space Jam” also includes a plot point with N.B.A. stars losing their skills), Durant really commits to being bad, adjusting his form in subtle and consistent ways. It’s a cringey delight to watch this perfectionist trip making a crossover, airball a dunk and miss his patented midrange shot, over and over again.

You know that old guy on the playground who everyone underestimates because he looks slow and out of shape, but then dominates the game through wily moves and sneaky change of pace. Kyrie Irving’s performance is an affectionate ode to this figure, right down to the sweatpants. Most current stars moonlighting in movies perform versions of themselves, so it’s a bold move for Irving to try a completely different character, doing a nice job shifting his posture to a hunch and affecting a weary voice. And if he seemed a little stiff, it’s not easy to act underneath such an elaborate makeup job.

On-court personality usually doesn’t translate to the screen, but this is a notable exception. Playing an amped-up version of himself, Kevin Garnett was as intense and ferocious getting in Adam Sandler’s face as he was with Patrick Ewing.

Michael Jordan has enough star power to light up a commercial or a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, but his wooden acting needed the animation of Bugs Bunny to make the original Tune Squad a powerhouse.

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Who’s better: M.J. or LeBron? This endless sports-talk debate over the greatest ever usually focuses on stats amassed and rings won, but now we have another metric to argue over: Who is the best — or more precisely, least terrible — lead actor? It’s close, but James gets the edge, showing more range playing opposite cartoons, pretending to be the overbearing sports dad along with the goofy big-kid corporate hero, even tapping into sloppy sentiment that Jordan reserves for meme-able Hall of Fame inductions.

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Is LeBron James's Wife in 'Space Jam' 2? - LeBron James's Family in 'Space Jam: A New Legacy'

GoodHousekeeping.com 20 July, 2021 - 03:01pm

The new film focuses a lot on LeBron's family life.

In the original 1996 Space Jam, NBA legend Michael Jordan plays himself. Continuing this tradition, in Space Jam: A New Legacy, LeBron James also plays himself. In both films, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes all play themselves (naturally). Knowing all of that, it makes sense that so many want to know if LeBron's real wife and kids make an appearance in the new film as well.

LeBron's family life is a big focus of the movie, after all: In the beginning, LeBron pushes his sons, Malik and Dom, to focus on basketball and ignore other hobbies in the interest of putting in more work on the court. Though Malik is receptive, Dom would rather program basketball-themed video games. Meanwhile, we meet LeBron's on-screen wife, Kamiyah, who encourages the NBA champion to meet Dom where he is.

Sonequa, of course, says she based her Space Jam character on her real-life counterpart. As she tells Den of Geek:

That Savannah is Savannah Brinson James, LeBron's real-life wife of eight years, though they've known each other for a lot longer. Savannah and LeBron were high school sweethearts before he went on to NBA fame. The couple has three kids: LeBron James, Jr. (called Bronny), 16, Bryce Maximus James, 14, and Zhuri, 7.

“Yes, we cast actors that kind of looked like my family,” LeBron revealed on the Smartless podcast. "My boys are 16 and 14. They only care about how cool that the person that’s playing them in the movie looks. ‘Dad, does he look like me? Is he wearing my hair style? Is he dressing the right way? I don’t want somebody playing me and not being me.’"

So there you have it. How Bronny, Bruce and Zhuri would do in algorithmically created cartoon basketball games where the rules are "loony" remains to be seen.

How Tall Is Cristiano Ronaldo? - Sportscasting | Pure Sports

Sportscasting 20 July, 2021 - 06:00am

This often leaves his fans wondering many things about the star soccer player. One question many have: How tall is Ronaldo? Read on to learn more about the 36-year-old’s height, amazing vertical jumping ability, and whether height even matters in soccer. 

First, a breakdown of how tall Ronaldo is. According to Heightpedia, he’s nearly 6 feet, 2 inches tall, standing at 6′ 1.62″ inches to be exact. In total inches, he’s 73.62 inches tall; in terms of meters, he’s 1.87 meters tall. 

Where does this put him in relation to most players? Top End Sports compared the physical sizes of the players at the 2018 World Cup. While Ronaldo fell well short of being the tallest player — that honor went to 6 feet, 7 inches Croatian goalie Lovre Kalinić — he was taller than the average height of 6’0. 

Of course, height on its own won’t get you anything. You need to have the athletic ability to go with it. For soccer players, height is helpful when attempting headers. This means they need to possess a better-than-average vertical leap. Ronaldo definitely has that skill covered. 

It seems like Ronaldo can do anything on the pitch. This includes being an expert at headers. In one case, Ronaldo showed his almost otherworldly ability to jump higher than anyone else. 

According to The Football Overs, Ronaldo’s best leap took place during a Serie A match between Sampdoria and Ronaldo’s club, Juventus. Ronaldo scored a goal on a header where he jumped a jaw-dropping 2.56 meters in the air before heading it in for a goal. This gave him a vertical leap of a whopping 28 inches (or 71 centimeters). 

So, while everyone knows Ronaldo is a phenomenal soccer player and that he’s a bit taller than the average player, this still leaves one outstanding question: Is height even an important part of the sport? 

Sports Rec attempted to identify the “ideal build” for a soccer player. In terms of height, they said great players often vary. Excellent players have ranged anywhere from being on the shorter side (5’6″) to taller (6’2″). 

Ronaldo is closer to the taller side, but not so tall that his excess height would interfere with his ability to play well or be nimble. Height certainly helps soccer players until they get so big that they have a harder time being quick. Despite their athleticism, it’s tough to imagine taller basketball players like Anthony Davis or Luka Doncic being as dominant as Ronaldo on the soccer field due to their height. 

Height doesn’t matter all that much in soccer, as the game is played on the ground for the most part. Players often need to have solid jumping ability, which Ronaldo clearly does. But height itself isn’t necessarily a prerequisite. 

What matters more is a soccer player’s weight. Soccer players are often lean, which makes sense. After all, they spent the majority of the game running, so they need to have solid conditioning habits. Ronaldo is certainly in great shape physically.  

The truth is that if you designed the ideal soccer player from scratch, you’d likely end up with someone resembling Ronaldo, both from a height and weight perspective. 

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