While the world waits to see LeBron James and Anthony Davis share the court as Lakers teammates, they are presently together on the set of “Space Jam 2.”
And according to Arash Markazi of the LA Times, Davis is already enjoying his working relationship with James off the basketball court as he explores acting for the first time:
Davis and James, who share the same agent, already are teaming up off the court, filming the sequel to the 1996 film “Space Jam” that starred Jordan playing alongside Bugs Bunny. James’ production company is producing it.
James is wearing No. 6 and Davis 23 in “Space Jam 2,” giving people on set a preview of what fans will see on the court next season.
“It’s been fun,” Davis said of his acting debut. “The original ‘Space Jam’ is definitely one of my favorite basketball movies of all time and I think I can say the same for a lot of basketball players. It’s definitely exciting for me to have a role in ‘Space Jam 2’ and I’m excited for everyone to see it.”
In the original “Space Jam,” none of the NBA players other than Michael Jordan really played basketball, other than Charles Barkley’s humiliating outing against school children, so it’s unclear what role Davis has, given that he’s been assigned a jersey number. It’s probably unwise to assume the exact same plot since this is a sequel, so we’ll wait with bated breath to see how this plays out for Davis and the rest of the cast.
Regardless, it’s fun to see Davis expanding his horizons and making his Hollywood debut in a movie that clearly means so much to him. Filming is also giving him an opportunity to interact with some of the best players in the world today, like James, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, and Nneka Ogwumike. In the presence of that kind of talent, it’s natural to consider Davis’ own greatness, and how this Lakers team could rank historically given the star power of its top two players.
Davis wasn’t willing to go there in his interview with Markazi, but he did offer his take on who the best all-time NBA lineup would be. Spoiler alert: it’s not Muggsy Bogues, Barkley, Larry Johnson, Patrick Ewing, and Shawn Bradley.
Davis isn’t ready to think about his legacy with the Lakers yet, but when asked to name his all-time NBA starting five, he chose to stick with one franchise: “One would be Magic [Johnson],” Davis said. “Two would be Kobe [Bryant], three would be LeBron, I would be four, and five would probably be the most dominant player to ever play the game, Shaq [O’Neal].”
Whether you agree with his choices or not, Davis has clearly gone through his media training even if he’s not officially a Laker yet. It seems as though Davis, like everyone else, can’t wait for the Los Angeles chapter of his basketball career to begin, and for him to get his first chance to put his name among those greats in Lakers lore.
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