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‘Space Jam 2' has basketball stunt double for LeBron James

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EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 20: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers head present during as new Lakers head coach Frank Vogel speaks to media at a press conference at UCLA Health Training Center on May 20, 2019 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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People are anticipating the release of Space Jam 2, with several NBA players among the cast alongside LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers star headlines the second iteration of the former Michael Jordan vehicle, but he isn’t alone when it comes to his own portrayal on the basketball floor.

That’s because LeBron James, one of the top three players of all-time, has a basketball stunt double.

According to a release, James’ stunt double is Sheldon Bailey, an actor who used to be a collegiate and international basketball player.

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Bailey’s IMDB page points out he has been the body double for James in the past. Bailey is most known for playing the character “Ruthless” on the show Game Shakers, which airs on Nickeodeon.

So why does LeBron need Bailey to act as his body double? The simple answer is liability. Both from a top-billed actor perspective and from an NBA player perspective, no doubt LeBron’s various contracts don’t allow him to take part in certain actions during productions.

Still, it’s a little funny to think that LeBron needs somebody to play his role when it comes to shooting a basketball movie. I wonder if Bugs Bunny will have a stunt double of his own?