It’s hard to discuss ’90s blockbusters without discussing Space Jam. The movie perfectly merged Looney Tunes with basketball superstar Michael Jordan. It’s so phenomenal; its website is still running decades later. Now, one theory suggests the film managed to predict the coronavirus pandemic.
Getting Kinda Sick
In the film, the Looney Tunes characters challenge alien group Nerdlucks to a basketball game. It wasn’t to see who’s better on the court. If the Nerdlucks won, the Looney Tunes stars would work for them. These aliens didn’t look like they had star quality. To give themselves an advantage, they decided to steal the talent of several basketball players. On Earth, they stole the talent of Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, and Charles Barkley.
After their talents are stolen, the players start to feel a bit sick. As expected, this drew the concern of the Los Angeles Lakers, who believed it was from a virus. The players were scared to dress in the locker room because of possible germs. “Bacteria like that can travel faster than the speed of light,” power forward Anthony Miller said in the movie. After some more complaints, the players were told to dress in the hallway. At this point, the players throw on gas masks and proceed to get changed.
Shutting It Down
Despite the gas masks, there was still concern about a possible outbreak. The Forum suddenly became a nightmare with hazmat suits at every inch. The NBA commissioner decides to set the record straight outside the arena. “After meeting with team owners, I have decided until we can guarantee the health and safety of our NBA players, there will be no more basketball this season,” the commissioner said in the film.
They Were Right
While looking at today’s situation, the film did manage to predict a virus closing up the season. Several NBA players and personnel have contracted the coronavirus. The biggest player to have the virus is Kevin Durant. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” he said in a statement. Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to have the virus.
The coronavirus even managed to get Space Jam star Patrick Ewing. The Georgetown basketball coach tested positive before Memorial Day. “My father is now home and getting better. We’ll continue to watch his symptoms and follow the CDC guidelines. I hope everyone continues to stay safe and protect yourselves and your loved ones,” his son Patrick Ewing Jr. said on Instagram.
Waiting For Live NBA Action
The coronavirus put a halt to every major sporting event in the world. For the NBA, the pandemic struck mid-season. The NBA was forced to postpone its draft lottery and scouting combine. While the NBA Draft is still in the works, the changes will make things challenging for teams to select talent. The league is looking to pick things back up over the summer. A potential plan is to move games to Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. With so many games missed, the bigger issue is how to make sure everything runs smoothly. The NBA is also looking to postpone the start of the 2020-2021 season. Originally slated for October, they’re trying to move the start to December. This could mean that the NBA Finals will take place sometime in August.
While things are getting settled, many players are still delivering NBA action of a sort. On Twitch, several players have faced each other in a game of NBA 2K20. It may not be the real thing, but thousands of fans have come out to show support.
Nobody expected Space Jam to predict how the NBA would crumble under a horrendous virus. While things are bad, everyone’s hoping to get back on the court again soon.
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