Jeremy Lin And Comedian Ryan Higa Hilariously Spoof ‘Space Jam.’ | Gradient
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Jeremy Lin and comedian Ryan Higa hilariously spoof ‘Space Jam.’

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“We need a basketball player, but we got you instead.” 

Those immortal words, uttered by popular YouTube comedian Ryan Higa, capture the sardonic tone of his long-time partner, NBA veteran Jeremy Lin in their latest video. The two teamed up in a whimsical, hilarious spoof of “Space Jam,” replacing the Looney Tunes with anime heroes like Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Goku (from Dragon Ball Z) and Naruto.

“Space Jam 3” traces the original Space Jam plot, beginning with Lin’s retirement from the NBA, just like Michael Jordan did in both the movie and his career. However, instead of working on his golf game or trying out baseball, Lin plays video games and binges anime as his retirement pursuits. Naturally, while getting sucked into his two favorite past times, he is literally sucked inside an episode of Naruto, urged by the collection of anime stars to help them win a basketball game.

Lin, who might have been the biggest sensation in the NBA during his remarkable Linsanity run, has settled into a productive role player on his fourth team. This offseason, he signed a lucrative deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Lin humorously self-deprecates as Higa and the others point out his relative anonymity to Jordan, and even his Linsanity-era rise in 2012. Best of all, he smartly subverts the expectation that he doesn’t look like a basketball player, an allusion to his Taiwanese heritage and the racially-shaped assumptions that Asians can’t excel in basketball. Clearly, those naysayers have never seen Sailor Moon make a clutch free throw.

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Watch “Space Jam 3” to see if Lin can lead the Anime-niacs to victory:

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United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”

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Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

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Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

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Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

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This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange

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We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.

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