ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that LeBron James was struggling to recruit other players to co-star in his shadow in the upcoming “Space Jam 2.”

The Hollywood Reporter has a different explanation, reporting that shoe deals are the biggest obstacle in attracting other NBA stars to the project.

According to the report, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant are among the NBA stars that won’t appear alongside James in the movie.

While James is a Nike spokesman, Curry represents Under Armour and Harden wears Adidas, which presents a conflict with the “Space Jam” franchise.

The original “Space Jam” in 1996 was based off a Nike-Looney Tunes crossover commercial that featured Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny battling with other Looney Toon characters over stolen Air Jordans.

The Hollywood Reporter report points to multiple  reasons that NBA stars aren’t flocking to “Space Jam 2” that don’t involve James.

Still, LeBron can’t help out the situation either. 

Plenty of stars wear Nike, where are those guys at? 

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