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Space Jam: A New Legacy (also known as Space Jam 2) is a 2021 American live action/animated sports comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee with the screenplay by Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, Terence Nance, Jesse Gorgon, and Celeste Ballard. It based on this Looney Tunes by Hanna Barbera and it's the sequel to the 1996 cult film Space Jam. It stars Lebron James, Don Cheadle, Jack Black, Sonequa Martin-Green, Ceyir J Wright and Cedric Joe. Regarding the animated cast, none of the voice actors of the first film returned, especially Billy West, Dee Bradley Baker and Kathie Souce that were replaced by Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza and Zendaya. This film follows Lebron James who was a son named Dominic James Jr. In 1 day later, Lebron James finds about computed to rescue a son whose been a evil computer antagonist coach of Goon Squad named Al G Rhythm has been confirmed to kidnapped his son and his mother. In addition, Lebron James teams up with his team Tune Squad always become a braveously basketball battle to defeat Goon Squad.

Talks for a Space Jam successor began after the release of the first film, which Joe Pytka would have returned to direct. Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone signed on as the animation supervisors, but eventually the deal fell through due to Michael Jordan's refusal to return. Several possible spin-offs focusing on other athletes, including Jeff Gordon, Tiger Woods, and Tony Hawk, were also discussed, but never came to fruition. After several years of languishing, a LeBron James-led sequel was officially announced in 2014 with filming under Terence Nance took place from June to September 2019 around Los Angeles. After a few weeks into filming, Nance left the project and Lee was hired to replace him in July 2019

Warner Bros announced the film premiere on Los Angeles in July 12, 2021. This film released in July 16, 2021 on United States on premiere in theaters. Despite that film gross $94 million and receive negative reviews from film critics who criticized Warner Bros' IP, some spoiled of product placement, stressing in lack of the original film's quirky and self-referential humor especially noober unpredictable awakening and even more suffering fear. It is considered to be the one of the worst films ever made with unbelievable failed comparison to Looney Tunes Franchise and getting ruined with humor.

Plot

In 1998, a young LeBron James is dropped off at a youth league game by his mother. His friend Malik gives him a Game Boy, in which LeBron becomes interested until his coach persuades him to focus more on his skills. After he misses a potential buzzer beater and is reprimanded by his coach, LeBron decides to follow his advice and discards the Game Boy.

In the present day, LeBron aspires for his sons, Darius and Dominic, to pursue basketball careers. While LeBron's attempts with Darius are progressive, Dom aspires to become a video game developer. While Dom shows LeBron his game, they discover a glitch which, upon performing a specific move, deletes the character.

LeBron and his family are invited to Warner Bros. Studios to discuss a film deal; LeBron dismisses the idea while Dom is interested in the studio's Warner 3000 software—particularly its AI, Al-G Rhythm. Their differing views lead to an argument as Dom reveals his resentment towards LeBron's aspirations. Al-G, who has become self-aware, lures them to the basement server room and traps them in the Warner Bros. Serververse. Taking Dom prisoner, Al-G orders LeBron to form a basketball team to compete against his own, only earning his freedom if he wins, and sends him through the Serververse to Tune World. LeBron finds Tune World abandoned except for Bugs Bunny, who explains that Al-G persuaded the other Looney Tunes to leave their world and explore other realities. Using Marvin's spacecraft, the two travel to various worlds to locate and recruit the other Looney Tunes to form the Tune Squad. Meanwhile, Al-G persuades Dom to allow his help in upgrading himself and his game, which Al-G intends to use against LeBron.

In Tune World, LeBron initially insists on teaching the Tune Squad the fundamentals of basketball. They encounter Al-G's team, the Goon Squad, comprised of avatars of basketball players and led by Dom. Al-G livestreams the game and abducts several viewers, including LeBron's family, into the virtual reality as other inhabitants of the Serververse arrive. Al-G threatens to delete the Looney Tunes and imprison the real-world spectators permanently if the Goon Squad win.

The Goon Squad easily lead the first half, using their powers to score extra points. LeBron realizes his mistake and allows Bugs to devise a strategy using cartoon physics to improve in the second half. During a time-out, LeBron apologizes to Dom, who forgives him and joins the Tune Squad. Al-G assumes control of the Goon Squad and uses his abilities to substantially strengthen them. Recalling the glitch in Dom's game, LeBron volunteers to perform the move, but Bugs does so instead. LeBron scores the winning point with Dom's help, deleting Al-G and the Goon Squad. The Serververse spectators are returned to their respective worlds, and Lebron's family and the other real-world spectators are returned to Earth as Bugs parts with his friends before degenerating.

One week later, LeBron, supporting Dom's wishes, allows him to attend the E3 Game Design Camp. He subsequently reunites with Bugs, who reveals that his cartoon physics allowed him to regenerate and that his friends have entered Earth as well. LeBron reluctantly allows the Looney Tunes to stay with him until they can return to Tune World.

Cast

Live Action Cast

  • LeBron James as himself; James also voices his animated counterpart.
  • Stephen Kankole as young LeBron (13 years)
  • Don Cheadle as AI-G Rhythm, a self-aware, deceitful AI whose name is a pun on algorithm. Cheadle also voices Al-G Rhythm's computerized form.
  • Sonequa Martin-Green as Kamiyah James, LeBron's wife; Kamiyah is a fictionalized version of Savannah James.
  • Ceyair J. Wright as Darius James, LeBron's eldest son; Darius is a fictionalized version of Bronny James.
  • Cedric Joe as Dominic "Dom" James, LeBron's younger son, who aspires to become a video game developer; Dom is a fictionalized version of Bryce James.
  • Harper Leigh Alexander as Xosha James, LeBron's daughter; Xosha is a fictionalized version of Zhuri James.

Additionally, Ernie Johnson and Lil Rel Howery appear as the game commentators. NBA players Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, and Kyle Kuzma make cameo appearances, as do WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike and actor Michael B. Jordan.

While Michael Jordan does not appear in the film, he makes a photographic cameo on the original Space Jam’s poster shown in Al G. Rythym’s Warner 3000 pitch. He is mentioned and teased to appear in the scene featuring actor Michael B. Jordan’s cameo. Don Cheadle teased this gag prior to the film’s release, stating - “ Michael Jordan is in the movie, but not in the way that you would expect it.” Bill Murray, who appeared in the original film, makes a photographic cameo playing golf alongside Bugs Bunny in the credits.

Voice Cast

  • Jeff Bergman as Bugs Bunny / Sylvester / Yosemite Sam
  • Eric Bauza as Daffy Duck / Porky Pig / Elmer Fudd / Foghorn Leghorn / Marvin the Martian
  • Zendaya as Lola Bunny
  • Bob Bergen as Tweety
  • Fred Tatasciore as Tasmanian Devil (most recordings) / Gossamer
  • Jim Cummings as Tasmanian Devil (some recordings, uncredited)
  • Candi Milo as Granny
  • Gabriel Iglesias as Speedy Gonzales
  • Paul Julian (archive recordings) as the Road Runner (uncredited)

Additionally, other Looney Tunes characters appear, including Gossamer, Penelope Pussycat, and Wile E. Coyote especially K-9, Charlie Dog, The Three Bears, the Crusher, Witch Hazel, Sam Sheepdog, Rocky and Mugsy, Playboy Penguin, and Nasty Canasta also appear.

LeBron James had also confirmed that the Monstars, the antagonists of the first film, would not return as A New Legacy would be a stand-alone sequel rather than a direct sequel.

Goon Squad Members

  • Klay Thompson as Wet-Fire, an elemental Goon Squad member with aquakinesis and pyrokinesis. The character is inspired in part by the "Splash Brothers" nickname given to the duo of Thompson and Stephen Curry.
  • Anthony Davis as The Brow, a male harpy-like Goon Squad member. The character is named after one of Davis's nicknames.
  • Damian Lillard as Chronos, a speedy robotic Goon Squad member. The character is inspired by Lillard's basketball nickname "Dame Time".
  • Diana Taurasi as White Mamba, a nāga-like Goon Squad member. The character is inspired by Taurasi's basketball nickname "White Mamba".
  • Nneka Ogwumike as Arachnneka, a spider-like Goon Squad member. The character is named after Ogwumike.

The antagonists of the first film, the Nerdlucks, cameo as spectators during the game. LeBron James had confirmed prior to the film’s release that their “Monstars” forms would not feature as A New Legacy would be a stand-alone sequel rather than a direct sequel.

Cameo Characters

  • Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman (formely Gal Gadot)
  • Justin Rolland as Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith

Cameo, References and Appreances

As the setting of the bulk of the film takes place within the Warner Bros. "Serververse", the film incorporates numerous references to other properties owned by Warner Bros. Major properties directly named include Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Mad Max, The Matrix, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, King Kong, The Iron Giant, Rick and Morty, and the DC Universe (both live-action television and film, comics, and animated works).

Within the crowd scenes for the game include numerous other cameos from Warner Bros. properties, including but not limited to: Pennywise from It; the Droogs from A Clockwork Orange; the Nun from The Devils; Stripe and the Gremlins from Gremlins; Beetlejuice; RoboCop (despite being an MGM Property); Yogi Bear; Boo-Boo Bear; Dick Dastardly, Muttley, and Penelope Pitstop from Wacky Races; The Flintstones, the Rubbles, and The Great Gazoo; Top Cat; Scooby-Doo and the rest of Mystery Inc.; The Jetsons; Jabberjaw; Magilla Gorilla; Captain Caveman; Igoo, Gloop, and Gleep from The Herculoids; Frankenstein Jr. and Buzz Conroy; Space Ghost; Mightor; Yakko, Wakko, and Dot from Animaniacs; Tony Soprano; Gandalf, Frodo Baggins, and Gollum from The Lord of the Rings; King Kong; The Iron Giant; Lion-O and Cheetara from ThunderCats; Mama Fratelli from The Goonies; Baby Jane Hudson from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?; Jim West from Wild Wild West; The Mask, Batman, Robin, Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and several Goons from the 1960s Batman TV series; Joker and his Goons from Batman; Penguin and Catwoman from Batman Returns; Mr. Freeze from Batman & Robin; General Zod, Ursa, and Non from both the 1978 Superman film and its sequel Superman II; & Migo, Meechee, and Gwangi from Smallfoot

Production

Development

A sequel to Space Jam was planned as early as 1996, shortly after the original film was released in theaters worldwide. As development began, Space Jam 2 was going to involve a new basketball competition between Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes and Berserk-O!, a new alien villain who was planned to be voiced by Mel Brooks. Artist Bob Camp was tasked with designing Berserk-O! and his henchmen. Joe Pytka would have returned to direct and Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone signed on as the animation supervisors. However, Michael Jordan did not agree to star in a sequel. According to Camp, a producer lied to the studio by claiming that Jordan had signed on in order to keep development going. Without Jordan involved with the project, Warner Bros. was not interested, and cancelled plans for Space Jam 2.

The potential sequel reentered development as Spy Jam and was to star Jackie Chan in a different script. The studio was also planning a film titled Race Jam which would have starred Jeff Gordon. Additionally, Pytka revealed that following the first film's success, he had been pitched a story for a sequel that would have starred professional golfer Tiger Woods, with Jordan in a smaller role. Pytka explained how the idea came from an out-of-studio script conference, with people who worked on the original film allegedly involved. Producer Ivan Reitman was reportedly in favor of a film which would again star Jordan. The follow-up films were ultimately cancelled in favor of Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). A film titled Skate Jam was in early development with Tony Hawk in the starring role. Plans were underway for production to begin immediately following the release of Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but were canceled due to the poor financial performance of said film despite improved critical reception to Space Jam.

Resurgence

In February 2014, Warner Bros. officially announced development of a sequel that would star LeBron James. Charlie Ebersol was set to produce, while Willie Ebersol wrote the script. By May of the same year, James was quoted as saying, "I've always loved Space Jam. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. If I have the opportunity, it will be great." In July 2015, James and his film studio, SpringHill Entertainment, signed a deal with Warner Bros. for television, film and digital content after receiving positive reviews for his role in Trainwreck. By 2016, Justin Lin signed onto the project as director, and co-screenwriter with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello. Professional player Kobe Bryant also expressed an interest in directing the film, though he was uninterested in a cameo appearance. By August 2018, Lin left the project, and Terence Nance was hired to direct the film. In September 2018, Ryan Coogler was announced as a producer for the film. SpringHill Entertainment released a promotional teaser image officially announcing the film, with production set to begin in 2019 during the NBA off-season. Filming was to take place in California within a 30 mile radius of Los Angeles. By April 2019, Coogler and Sev Ohanian were rewriting the script. Final screenplay credit would ultimately go to Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, Terance Nance, Jesse Gordon, and Celeste Ballard. Prior to production, the film received $21.8 million in tax credits as a result of a new tax incentive program from the state.

Filming

Principal photography began on June 25, 2019. On July 16, 2019, it was announced Nance was leaving the project because he and "the studio/producers had different takes on the creative vision for Space Jam 2", and that Malcolm D. Lee would serve as his replacement. Bradford Young, who was set to serve as cinematographer, also left the project and was replaced by Salvatore Totino.

Among locations used for filming included the Sheats–Goldstein Residence owned by James Goldstein, including turning its tennis court temporarily into a basketball court for the shooting. Production wrapped on September 16, 2019. The production spent at total of $183.7 million filming in California, receiving $21.8 million in tax rebates from the state. James held a farewell meeting talking about how he idolized with the first Space Jam film when he was a kid in Akron, Ohio, when the production wrapped, which was later leaked on August 16, 2020, along with pictures of James with his #6 Tune Squad outfit. A scene filmed under Nance's direction in June 2019 involving Pepé Le Pew attempting to flirt with a bartender (portrayed by Greice Santo), only to be rebuffed, was deleted. This decision was later met with backlash among many fans, who accused the studio of double standards by removing the character while allowing a cameo of Alex and his droogs, a gang that commits severe violence and sexual assaults in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, to be retained. The film's trailer revealed that Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam will be allowed to appear with their trademark guns in the film; since HBO Max's Looney Tunes Cartoons, a ban had been enacted to not depict fire weapons due to all of the mass shootings and gun violence in the United States.

In March 2020, photos taken on set and a brief recording of the wrap party were leaked online, revealing that the film will feature characters from other Warner-owned properties. In April 2020, James officially revealed the title and logo of the film, as Space Jam: A New Legacy. Don Cheadle stated that LeBron had an injury he suffered during production, while the filmmakers had a rigorous schedule and shot 14 hours a day. By October 2020, the synopsis was leaked from a test screening email by Ben Mekler.

Animation and visual effects

Lucasfilm's visual effects division Industrial Light & Magic was hired to create the visual effects for Space Jam 2. This is the second collaboration with the Looney Tunes in using ILM for visual effects since Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

In January 2020, veteran Walt Disney Animation Studios animator Tony Bancroft, was hired at Warner Animation Group to work on the film. In March 2020, James announced that work on the film's animation had commenced, while also revealing that the production had largely been unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic as most of the remaining work involves animation. That same month, a Warner Bros. Animation veteran Spike Brandt, was named as director of animation.

In July 2020, Dan Haskett, who has worked on the Looney Tunes since 1979, was hired to work in the animation department as well. Matt Williames, who has not worked with Warner Bros. since Looney Tunes: Back in Action, started doing animation for the movie in August of the same year. In May 2020, Ole Loken, who worked extensively on animation hit Klaus, announced that he will serve as an animator on the film. By October, Loken shared the design for Lola Bunny and Daffy Duck online, revealing that A New Legacy will stay true to previous designs of the Looney Tunes characters. Despite this, Lola's final design was adjusted to be less sexualized than the first film. The film includes both traditional and CG animation.

Release

This film released in July 16, 2021 on theatrical release and HBO Max. Only has been confirmed premiere on Los Angeles in July 12, 2021 with selected theatres on Dolby Cinemas, Real D 3D, IMAX, 4DX, IMAX 3D, and Screen X format on Warner Bros Pictures.

Marketing

On April 3, 2021, the first trailer was released online and revealed a number of references and guests cameos of characters from franchises owned by Warner Bros. Jordan Hoffman from Vanity Fair compared the trailer to Disney's Tron franchise and fellow Warner Bros. film Ready Player One.

On June 10, 2021, Warner Bros. released another trailer for the film, which also included various cameos and references to characters from other Warner Bros owned franchises in addition to showing more focus on the Goon Squad (composed of avatars of various famous NBA players such as Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike), and Zendaya as Lola Bunny. Brianna Zigler of Paste remarked "The film looks like it might be fun in a turn-your-brain-off-and-enter-the-void sort of way."

Merchandise

In July 2020, a hat with the film's logo became available on the WB shop website. On September 1, 2020, it was announced that Australian toy company Moose Toys made a deal with Warner Bros. to make merchandise for the film along with the 2021 live-action/animated Tom and Jerry hybrid film. Hasbro also made a deal with Warner Bros. to make two Space Jam: A New Legacy versions of their board game properties Monopoly and Connect Four.

In June 2021, Nike and Converse revealed their tie-in merchandise for the film, which included numerous footwear and sportswear. The film is also set to debut the new LeBron 19 shoes. A tie-in video game, with ideas designed by Ricky of the United States and Narayan of India and developed by Digital Eclipse, was released on July 1, 2021, exclusively on the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks program. In June 29, 2021, DC Comics released a graphic novel adaption of the film.

In July 2021, McDonald's launched its limited time campaign in the participating restaurants by including twelve toys free with the purchase of a Happy Meal.

Home Media

This film was confirmed that digital will be September 3,2021. Available on DVD, BluRay and 3D HD DVD on October 5, 2021 by Warner Home Entertainment with director's cut, deleted scenes, short films and behind the scenes. Branding about that film purchased permission that was also a branding Happy Meal is closing due to the McDonald's is getting not dinner by the coronavirus pandemic. This is also film professionally titled known of the case.

Music

Space Jam: A New Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork 2.3/10

In January 2020, Hans Zimmer was announced as the composer for the film. By April of the same year, Kris Bowers was announced to be working with Zimmer as co-composers. However, in January 2021, it was officially confirmed that Bowers would receive sole credit. The soundtrack was released on July 9, 2021, and labeled by Republic Records and WaterTower Music.

Track List

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "We Win"
  • Lil Baby
  • Kirk Franklin
3:15
2. "Control the World"
  • 24kGoldn
  • Lil Wayne
2:16
3. "See Me Fly"
  • Chance the Rapper
  • John Legend
  • Symba
2:23
4. "Hoops"
  • Saweetie
  • Salt-N-Pepa
  • Kash Doll
2:42
5. "Pump Up the Jam" Lil Uzi Vert 2:15
6. "Just for Me"
  • Saint Jhn
  • SZA
3:37
7. "Crowd Go Crazy" John Legend 3:00
8. "Mercy" Jonas Brothers 3:01
9. "Gametime"
  • Lil Tecca
  • Aminé
3:11
10. "About That Time"
  • Dame D.O.L.L.A.
  • G-Eazy
  • P-Lo
  • White Dave
3:11
11. "MVP" Brockhampton 2:51
12. "Settle the Score"
  • Cordae
  • Duckwrth
2:29
13. "Goin' Looney" Big Freedia 3:40
14. "Shoot My Shot" Joyner Lucas 3:22
15. "My Guy" Leon Bridges 3:20
16. "The Best" Anthony Ramos 3:01

Reception

Box office

As of July 25, 2021, Space Jam: A New Legacy has grossed $51.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $42.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $94 million.

In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, and was initially projected to gross around $20 million from 3,965 theaters in its opening weekend. However, after making $13.1 million on its first day, estimates were raised to $32 million. It went on to debut to $31.1 million, the best opening weekend for a family film and the second highest for a Warner Bros. film of the COVID-19 pandemic behind Godzilla vs. Kong ($31.6 million), and besting the original ($27.5 million without inflation). The film attracted a diverse audience, with African Americans making up 36%, Caucasian 32%, Latino 23%, and Asian 9%, with a total of 48% being under the age of 17. The film fell 69% to $9.6 million in its sophomore frame, finishing fourth. The steep decline was blamed in-part on the film's simultaneous digital release on HBO Max. Warner Bros was lost approximately box office of $297 million due to the balance of currently unwin, making it a box office bomb and it lowest box office in theatrical release running on it.

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 39% based on 88 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Despite LeBron James' best efforts to make a winning team out of the Tune Squad, Space Jam: A New Legacy trades the zany, meta humor of its predecessor for a shameless and tired exercise in IP-driven branding." According to Metacritic, which assigned a weighted average score of 38 out of 100 based on 28 critics, the film received "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, the same as the first film, while PostTrak reported 78% of those gave it a positive score, with 58% saying they would definitely recommend it.

A. A. Dowd of The A.V. Club gave the film a "C–", writing: "Space Jam: A New Legacy takes almost nothing but wrong turns, all leading to a glittering CGI trash heap of cameos, pat life lessons, and stale internet catchphrases. Its first misstep: keeping Bugs, Daffy, and the rest of the gang on the bench for about as long as it would take the audience to watch three and a half Merrie Melodies." Writing for News.com.au, Wenlei Ma gave the film 2.5/5 stars and criticized the film for overtly promoting Warner Bros. IPs, saying: "It's a shame that the cross-promotion was so nauseating and over-the-top because otherwise Space Jam: A New Legacy has a lot of value. It's more entertaining and better paced than the original, the character designs for the opposing team are impressive and it's even used the Looney Tunes characters in a way that stays true to their legacy while also introducing them to a new generation of kids." Alonso Duralde of TheWrap said that the film "barely has jokes for the Looney Tunes, let alone the entire Warner Bros. cast of characters" and wrote: "Viewers who, for whatever reason, love the first Space Jam may well find themselves delighted all over again, but as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to plunge a beloved sports figure into a century's worth of pop culture iconography, A New Legacy is a big fat airball."

Amy Nicholson of Variety said, "Space Jam: A New Legacy is chaotic, rainbow sprinkle-colored nonsense that, unlike the original, manages to hold together as a movie." Hagan Osborne of FilmInk was more positive about the film, writing: "What is most thrilling about A New Legacy is the liveliness of the worlds created, with each destination carrying with it a varying style of animation that brings with it added freshness." Korey Coleman and Martin Thomas of Double Toasted, the former of whom worked as an animator on the original Space Jam, both gave it a positive review. While they admitted that the film felt like an advertisement for HBO Max, they praised the creative use of the characters and acting, though they took ire with some of the outdated references. Writing for the South China Morning Post, James Marsh gave the film 1 out of 5 stars and criticized its use of product placement, which he felt neglected both supporters of the NBA and Looney Tunes. Calling it a "supposed family comedy...woefully devoid of laughs," Marsh concluded that it fell just short of "asking audiences point blank to subscribe to HBO Max," and was ultimately "a vacuous and cynical experience that shoots far wide of the mark."

Condition

Prior the the film's release, Joe Pytka, the director of the original film, advised the film's creators "Don't do it. It's doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet." He goes on to comment that LeBron James' popularity and skill has already been surpassed by the likes of Steph Curry or other basketball atheletes. "...when we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing," says Pytka. "They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now."

Lebron's Legacy

James left high school as one of the most hyped prospects in NBA history. Upon entering the NBA, he made an immediate impact and was voted Rookie of the Year in his debut season. As of June 2021, he has been named to 17 All-NBA Teams, including 13 times to the first-team, which are both NBA records. His four MVP awards are matched only by Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell; James and Russell are the only players to win four MVP awards in a five-year span. James has also won four Finals MVP Awards, which is the second-most all-time, and earned All-Defensive honors every season from 2009 to 2014. While James has never won the Defensive Player of the Year Award, he has finished second in the voting twice and lists it as one of his main goals. His teams have appeared in the Finals ten times and won four championships. His ten Finals appearances are tied for third all-time. Some analysts have criticized him for not having a better Finals record, while others have countered that James usually performed well but his team was defeated by superior competition.

On the basis of his career longevity and on-court performances, sports publications have consistently included James in rankings of the best basketball players in history, and in December 2019, he was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Decade for the 2010s. In addition to praising James's on-court accomplishments, analysts have also noted James's influence on player empowerment throughout the NBA, which stemmed from his willingness to change teams during free agency. Ben Golliver of The Washington Post opined that James's move to the Heat in 2010 "defined a decade of player movement", and that he "fundamentally flipped the power balance between stars and their organizations." James's fellow players have also remarked on his influence, such as Warriors forward Draymond Green, who reflected: "We've taken control of our destiny. And I think a lot of people hate that [...]. I think the doors that he's opened for athletes and especially basketball players is his biggest accomplishment."

James is also discussed within the context of being the greatest basketball player of all-time, which has resulted in frequent comparisons to Michael Jordan. In a 2016 interview with Sports Illustrated, James acknowledged that his motivation was surpassing Jordan as the greatest. In February 2018, The Ringer spent an entire week devoted to both players, with Bill Simmons ultimately concluding that Jordan was still ahead. In polls, James has ranked second behind Jordan. The results strongly correlate with age, with older voters more commonly choosing Jordan. Davis et al. of Business Insider stated: "The data would suggest that younger, more-engaged NBA fans lean toward James, as he's still playing. Older generations who watched Jordan play and tune in less today lean toward Jordan." Referring to James as the best challenger to Jordan's status as the greatest basketball player of all time, Sam Quinn of CBS Sports stated that "the margin for error where Jordan is involved is overwhelmingly slim" and that "in the rings-obsessed basketball discourse", Jordan having more titles and an "unblemished Finals record holds significant weight."

Sequel

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