LeBron James Gave Powerful Farewell Speech on ‘Space Jam’ Set, Hear the Audio

LeBron James Gave Powerful Farewell Speech on ‘Space Jam’ Set, Hear the Audio

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TMZ Sports obtained audio of the farewell speech LeBron James gave to the “Space Jam” cast and crew on his last day of shooting … and it’s emotional stuff.

The NBA superstar addressed the cast and crew in Summer 2019 (before the COVID pandemic) … and explained why it was so important for him to take the role in the first place.

“I’m gonna be honest completely with you guys — when I found out about the project, I was like it’s ‘Space Jam’! It’s a movie that I grew up watching. People in the movie that I idolize. I was like absolutely, I gotta do it. There’s no way I can turn down ‘Space Jam’!”

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Bron joked that he had second thoughts when he realized the production schedule was so demanding, but ultimately decided it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

“I’m just a small kid from Akron, Ohio — a very small town outside of Cleveland. From a single-parent household, I’m the only child, my mother had absolutely nothing. She was walking around high school when she was 16 years old and she was pregnant with me as a high school sophomore. So, I’m really not supposed to be here.”

“Growing up in the inner city, as an African-American kid, there’s no way you’re supposed to f*cking make it out. And, the fact that I’m who I am as an African-American adult now with 3 kids of my own, and I made it out of the situations that I was in. This sh*t is like extra credit for me man.”

Bron proceeded to thank everyone involved with the movie — saying, “Y’all say you appreciate me, but I’m sh*t without y’all.”

As we previously reported, James invited some of his NBA pals and teammates to participate in the movie — including Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and Anthony Davis.

The piece is set to drop next summer … start gettin’ that popcorn ready now!