"In my younger days, part of my thinking was, 'Space Jam was so good, how can I top this?'" he explained in a cover interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this year. "There's always going to be conversations about LeBron trying to do everything Michael [did]. But I've gotten older, and you know who you are. You know what you stand for."
At the time, LeBron admitted that he hadn't spoken to Michael about the new movie, but hoped for his approval if he watched it. "It's something Mike created and is his," he said. "I held that with a lot of responsibility."