Tune into Michael Jordan’s Looney basketball adventure

Tune into Michael Jordan’s Looney basketball adventure

During the coronavirus shutdown, each day we will bring you a recommendation from The Post’s Peter Botte for a sports movie, TV show or book that perhaps was before your time or somehow slipped between the cracks of your viewing/reading history.

SPACE JAM (1996)

Rated PG

Streaming: Netflix

With everyone in a Michael Jordan mood with the release Sunday of ESPN’s highly anticipated 10-part documentary “The Last Dance,” His Airness’ big-screen debut seemed to be the natural selection.

No, it certainly is not the finest piece of cinematic art in this genre, but a generation of kids and their parents who grew up watching respective icons Bugs Bunny, Bill Murray and Michael Jordan certainly will never forget them teaming up for this partially animated tour de force.

Produced by Ivan Reitman — who’d worked with Murray on “Stripes” and “Ghostbusters” in the ’80s — “Space Jam” provides a fantasy-based account of the period between Jordan’s first retirement from the NBA in 1993 and his triumphant return to the league to win the final three of his six league championships with the Chicago Bulls in 1995.

Jordan’s lone year playing minor league baseball with the White Sox organization is presented as the reason a group of unknowing aliens zap the skills from Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues and Shawn Bradley to create the ringer team known as the Monstars, rather than steal them from the greatest player in hoops history.

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