A Space Jam Role Model
Why are people always comparing Michael Jordan and LeBron James?
Why do they always fight about it? This isn’t a feud—we’re definitely not even trying to argue our way to the top of the discussion mountain. What people do need to know is the following: there aren’t a lot of role models out there for younger children nowadays.
We have to focus on finding a real role model—not just an actor or actress, a celebrity, or even a Youtuber or blogger (like me LOL).
Somebody who has gone from the smallest, to the greatest, someone that rose from the ashes and now is seating on a throne doing whatever he wants to do with his life, someone humble. Someone that has gone through a lot.
Well, I have a good role model for ya! Just let me take you back to the 1990’s, and you’ll see…
Four writers, called Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, and Herschel Weingrod, decided to team up together and create a story called Space Jam in which, the world’s greatest NBA's all-time player of that time, worked with Bugs Bunny to save the Looney Tune’s world. Easy, right?
But who was the greatest NBA's all-time player of that time?
You know it.
Michael Jordan! (Or MJ)
He rose from the ashes, from absolutely nothing! NOTHING!
MJ was the greatest NBA's all-time player—and still is. Just to make things clear, I’m not a basketball fan, my parents are—they watched him and the USA Dream Team, starring Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, plus many other galactical basketball players, like they were dogs with stacks of meat that could be eaten for eternity.
It all starts when MJ was a little kid. It was probably about 11 pm or 12 am in the night, so his father heard noise and saw him dunk some basketballs. He didn’t miss—just one time, but it was really impressive to see a “younger” version of MJ playing basketball on his backyard.
Then, the movie develops, and we enter the Warner Bro’s world. Bugs Bunny finds some aliens who want the Looney Tunes to be their main attraction, and Bugs challenges them to a play of basketball, resulting into making the aliens wanting to steal (they did it tho) the talents of a few members of the Dream Team.
And that makes Bugs stealing MJ to help them—and he does. The Looney Tunes and Mr. Jordan win the basketball game, making the aliens fired by their boss and wanting to become part of the Looney Tunes.
The movie’s not a super-well-acted, but it’s actually really funny. And unlike movies today, kids, teenagers, and adults, could watch it and feel identified.
The film’s purpose was that when you work in a team and believe in yourself, you can do things that seem impossible to do. You can accomplish a goal, win a contest—anything in general!
Michael Jordan is a great role model for millions of reasons—a basketball coach told him that he wasn’t good enough. Not good enough to play in a basketball team—and look at him! LOOK AT HIM!
He has led his team to six NBA championships and won them (remember, I’m not a basketball fan), and if it doesn't seem like enough, he's in the Basketball Hall of Fame. I might be boasting about this guy’s accomplishments, but it’s all true. It’s ALL TRUE!
Space Jam was a total success and a boost for MJ’s career—and it’s the basketball movie that has the largest box office quantity of all time--$250,200,000 worldwide. Yup. Freaking out over here. That means that not only kids saw the movie, but adults and teenagers did.
Daffy the Duck, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, and Tweety, will always be in our hearts, and alive. They’re eternal.
And Michael Jordan deserves to be eternal, too. Because he has demonstrated throughout his life and career that he was not only the best basketball player ever, but that he started from zero, and now he's one of the richest people on the earth (according to Forbes), he has an empire full of cash, life-end contracts with Nike, Gatorade, and—hold on.
Have you heard of the Air Jordans?
Thought so. Of course, you’ve heard of them (even if you didn’t know MJ himself), they’re really famous and old people (aka persons like my parents), collect them.
This is a great opportunity, so you can see if the role model you’re following (athlete, actress, singer, etc.) has a quantity of great traits, like being passionate about what you do and being truthful and honest to their fans.
They also have to have a kind heart, and a voice.
Now, I want you to consider thinking if MJ is a role model.
Does he care about his fans and family? Yup.
Has he done many charity events to collect money? Yup.
Does he believe in himself when he’s stuck? He was sick once and played with a flu—and I forgot to tell you all about the flu game.
MJ was sick when he was playing the 1997 finals on the NBA, and he was dehydrated and felt like was about to faint. And guess what he did?
He dunked and scored as many basketballs as possible, and The Bulls won the game 5 of the NBA Finals that day.
Why was he feeling sick?
The pizza he ordered the night before was supposedly poisoned, so he woke up wanting to throw up.
Basically, he was like a puppy having eaten 6-weeks old dog food.
HE WENT THROUGH THAT!
And he won that game. A final. Sick.
I want you to consider my very first words in this post. Is LeBron James going to be like Michael Jordan when he’s MJ’s age? To be completely honest, I don’t know. It's something we cannot control...
Why don’t I think Mr. James is going to be MJ? Because MJ inspired him.
MJ hasn’t gotten into bad things, such as, doing non-sportsmanship-y things right in front of others. MJ loves his family and will do anything to protect them.
Maybe people say LeBron James is the next Michael Jordan, but nobody can ever replace him.
He’s irreplaceable, because he’s himself.
And nobody can tear that piece off you.
So, I hope you enjoyed this post and its brief history on MJ! Who’s your favorite basketball player? MJ or LeBron?
FUN FACT: Did you know the iconic song, I Believe I can Fly, was made for this movie and won a grammy? It’s based off MJ, to be honest.
Anyways, please comment your opinions, and tell the Queen of Pink Smoothies what you think!
Until next time!
I’m going to be showing you some videos on how MJ played when he was still a player, and why basketball fans think MJ is the “G.O.A.T.”
Any pictures/gifs do not belong to me, otherwise stated.
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