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Patrick Patterson passionately rails against making ‘Space Jam 2’


Toronto Raptors power forward Patrick Patterson loves the movie “Space Jam” way, way more than the average person who enjoyed the Michael Jordan-Looney Tunes flick. That much is plainly evident given Patterson penned a passionate plea that a sequel of the beloved film should never be made for an essay for The Players’ Tribune.

Patterson notes that rumors have been swirling about a “Space Jam 2” for years, primarily involving LeBron James making considerable inroads into Hollywood and how he has been linked to the sequel as its star.

Patterson goes on to point out several potential pitfalls that could make “Space Jam 2” a disaster that would irreparably harm the legacy of the original. But the crux of his crusade against a sequel in the surprisingly lengthy piece is contained in the following passage:

So now, as an NBA player, movie lover and grown man who has a Looney Tunes painting proudly hanging in his home, I feel it’s time for me to finally take a stand.

I’m a huge movie fan. Movies are a big part of my life. This summer I even had the opportunity to help cover the Toronto International Film Festival for the CBC. So please know that I don’t say this lightly: The original Space Jam is the perfect movie. The. Perfect. Movie.

It is a cinematic experience.

And that’s why, for the sake of preserving its greatness, we must never try to improve upon it.

To make a sequel to Space Jam would be like trying to paint the Mona Lisa again. Sure, you can probably do it, but why the hell would you want to?

Well, Patterson likening “Space Jam” to the “Mona Lisa” is a stretch, to put it mildly, although making the comparison might have been done for dramatic effect. But it’s clear Patterson is incredibly passionate about the film and it holds a special place in his heart.

Patterson’s essay obviously lacked the provocative punch of other athlete-penned pieces at The Players’ Tribune. But it’s definitely an interesting read written by someone with great knowledge about the subject in question.

[Pro Basketball Talk]