Giannis turns down ‘Space Jam 2’ role; LeBron now having trouble even convincing players to join him in new movie

Giannis turned down a ‘Space Jam 2’ role because he doesn’t ‘like being Hollywood’

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Giannis Antetokounmpo could win MVP this year. He has just the kind of talent that the Monstars would love to steal in the upcoming Space Jam 2 with LeBron James.

The Greek Freak, though, won’t be appearing in the movie.

Antetokounmpo told ESPN that he was approached about playing a role in the film, which is set to shoot this offseason. Giannis just would have needed to be willing to give up two weeks from his private offseason training regimen and work out with the stars of the movie.

For Giannis, there was no way that was going to happen. He said, via ESPN:

“I don’t like being Hollywood. I don’t like all this extra drama. I am just going to try to be me.”

As of now, no active NBA player other than LeBron has been confirmed to star in the movie. But we should expect that to change once the season comes to a close — even if it takes some convincing. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported last week that it has been a struggle to get NBA stars to come onboard for the movie.

Space Jam 2 is scheduled to hit theaters in 2021.


Steph Curry injury prompts Warriors’ familiar routine to resurface

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The Warriors saw it, fans around the NBA have seen it and Stephen Curry actually felt it.

With 3:21 remaining in the first quarter Tuesday night in New Orleans, Curry’s right ankle gave way without contact and he crumpled to the floor. He got up, adjusted his ankle brace and played on for another 46 seconds before raising his hand indicating he needed to come out.

As Curry jogged into the locker room, a familiar routine resurfaced. Everyone affiliated with the Warriors or cheering for them – or merely hoping to see Curry at his full powers in the postseason – went through various stages of concern, from panic to hope to worry to anxiety.

In an instant, the Warriors and their fans were reminded of the thin line between rolling confidently into the postseason and easing in under a cloud of apprehension.

Curry was diagnosed with “mild sprain” of his right foot, according to the Warriors.

That’s not what coach Steve Kerr said to reporters at Smoothie King Center.

“Sprained ankle,” he said after the Warriors’ 112-103 win over the Pelicans. “He’s in (the trainer’s room) icing it.

“We think he’s going to be fine. He tweaked it and we weren’t going to mess around.”

Curry already was scheduled to sit out the regular-season finale Wednesday in Memphis, and Kerr reiterated that the team’s catalyst “probably” will sit – he definitely will sit – adding that he expects Curry to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend.

This was, of course, the scenario the Warriors wanted to avoid. Citing overall team health as a priority, Kerr planned to rest some veteran regulars Tuesday and the others Wednesday in the regular-season finale in Memphis.

It appears the Warriors got lucky here, but there’s no way to know for sure until Wednesday at the soonest. If there is swelling, go ahead and sweat. If not, go ahead and exhale.

There is a long history of Curry spraining his ankles/feet and his recovery time has ranged from the worst – surgery nearly seven years ago – to miraculously immediate, as when he left and returned in the third quarter on Feb. 27, 2016 at Oklahoma City, and ended up drilling a game-winning, 37-foot 3-pointer in overtime.

Which is why there is dread and hope. Always. Fortunately for the Warriors and Curry, hope has the edge for now.

One more game to go, and no doubt Warriors fan will be crossing their fingers.

Magic Johnson steps down as Lakers president

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Magic Johnson’s time with the Los Angeles Lakers is done.

Johnson stepped down as the organization’s president of basketball operations on Tuesday night, he announced at a press conference.

According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Johnson said his job with the Lakers doesn’t “allow him to be the statesman of the game of basketball,” and that he can’t be himself.

“I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and the ambassador to everybody,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that the rules regarding tampering in the NBA was a big issue for him. One example he gave during his announcement was that he couldn’t congratulate Russell Westbrook when he dropped 20-20-20 last week.

“That was a great feat the other day, and I couldn’t even tweet it out and say, ‘Hey, congratulations man,’” Johnson said, via the Los Angeles Times. “If I had did that, everybody would have been, ‘Oh he’s tampering!” I don’t like that. I like to be free.

“I got a great life. I’m like, ‘Damn I have a great life outside of this. What am I doing? You know, I have a beautiful life. I’m going to go back to that beautiful life. I’m looking forward to it.”

Johnson hasn’t told Jeanie Buss about his decision

Johnson said that he hasn’t yet told his boss, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, of his decision to step down. He said he met with Buss on Monday and held a three hour meeting with her about the direction of the organization, and that he would have been “crying like a baby in front of her” if he told her in person.

“Somebody going to have to tell my boss,” Johnson said. “I know she’s going to be sick, but I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face, even though I was just with her yesterday.”

Magic said he had multiple conversations with people about the future of the organization, including Buss, while fully knowing that he isn’t going to be there.

He also said this isn’t about coach Luke Walton.

“I like Luke a lot. So what, we have different opinions about different things,” Johnson said, via ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “That’s OK. That happens in life. But my concern is really my relationship with my sister, and that’s Jeanie Buss. That’s all I care about. All the rest of the stuff don’t really matter.”