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LeBron James vs. Mewtwo

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LeBron James vs. Mewtwo refers to a series of memes imagining a basketball matchup between NBA player LeBron James and Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo. Spawned by a viral X / Twitter post and popularized by basketball analyst Stephen A. Smith reviewing it, the meme went viral in May 2024, inspiring fan art and discourse online.


Prior to May 2024, several posts imagining Legendary Psychic-type Pokémon Mewtwo, who is 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 269 pounds, as a basketball player were made online. Notably, on November 19th, 2018, X[1] user @ChaosDunked made a post about Mewtwo's potential in the small forward position, which gained over 23,000 reposts and 70,000 likes in six years (shown below).

ChaosDunk@momocon @Chaos Dunked Mewtwo is 6'7" 269 lbs???? F--- pokemon battles get your ass on the court youre playing sf LDING More images LAKERS 00 Mewtwo Psychic Pokemon species Mewtwo is a fictional creature from Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures' Pokémon media franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, it first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and their sequels, and later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles, as well as animation adaptations of the franchise. Wikipedia Category: Genetic Type: Psychic Ability: Pressure Weaknees. Bark, Bug, Ghost Height: 6'7' Weight: 269 lbs S 7:27 PM ⚫ Nov 19, 2018

On May 20th, 2024, sports media personality Stephen A Smith asked his followers on X[2] to send him questions that he could answer on an episode of his The Stephen A. Smith Show_. On that day, X[3] user @lmPrexx posted a question about who would win in a game of 21, LeBron James or Mewtwo. The post (shown below) received over 170 reposts and 4,000 likes in three days.

Prexx @lm_Prexx at 6'07 and 269 lbs, do you think Mewtwo could beat LeBron in a game to 21? Mewtwo Mega Mewtwo X Mega Mewtwo Y Pokédex data Additional artwork . 12:51 PM ⚫ May 20, 2024 7.2M Views National No 0150 Туре PSYCHIC Species Genetic Pokémon Height 2.0 m (6'07″) Weight 122.0 kg (269.0 lbs) 1. Pressure Abilities Unnerve (hidden ability) 0150 (Red/Blue/Yellow) 0249 (Gold/Silver/Crystal) 0150 (FireRed/LeafGreen) Local No 0254 (HeartGold/SoulSilver) 0151 (X/Y 0150 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eev Mountain Kalos)

On May 20th, on his show, Smith earnestly analyzed the matchup, judging that Mewtoo might have a chance to beat LeBron due to comparable height and weight and his psychic abilities giving him an advantage. The clip from the show was uploaded to X,[4] where it accumulated over 14,6 million views, 15,000 reposts and 103,000 likes in three days (shown below).


Following the viral spread of the clip, memes about LeBron opposing Mewtwo on a court and about Stephen A. Smith's analysis of the matchup saw spread on X. For example, on May 20th, 2024, X[5] user @TAHK0 Made a post imagining Pokedex being voiced by Smith, with the post (shown below) garnering over 6,900 reposts and 36,000 likes in three days.

The clip also inspired fan art imagining a basketball match between LeBron James and Mewtwo. For example, on May 20th, X[6] user @KOLSANART posted a drawing that received over 1,600 reposts and 10,000 likes in three days (shown below, left).

Later that day, X[7] user @jjeanlll posted a Venom Dunking on Spider-Man redraw that garnered over 5,100 reposts and 43,000 likes in the same period (shown below, right).

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laine @meowizowi This man looked at what's basically Pokemon Jesus and said "He could but idkkk LeBron James IS LeBron James..." Stephen A Smith x.com/lm_prexx/statu... @stephenasmith · May 20 Prexx @lm Prexx X at 6'07 and 269 lbs, do you think Mewtwo could beat LeBron in a game to 21? Pokédex data 8:38 PM May 20, 2024 61.7K Views ... trade war @tradewarhj I think the reason why this clip is so funny is bc of how earnest Stephen A is with his interpretation of Mewtwo. He's so clearly not familiar with Pokémon at all but instead of making fun of this admittedly absurd hypothetical he tries his hardest to genuinely engage with it Stephen A Smith x.com/lm_prexx/statu... @stephenasmith · May 20 Prexx @lm Prexx X at 6'07 and 269 lbs, do you think Mewtwo could beat LeBron in a game to 21? Mega Mestack Pokédex data 0150 20m50 12200 11:11 AM - May 21, 2024 270K Views
LOS ANGELES WAKERS Sperashworks spcrashworks 濒 Jimothy Cool @jimothycool The Hidden Ability "Unnerve" is an important factor here. Dexerto @Dexerto May 20 Stephen A. Smith broke down Mewtwo's chances against LeBron James in a basketball game Prexx @lm_Prexx X at 6'07 and 269 lbs, do you think Mewtwo could beat LeBron in a game to 21? Mega Menta Pokédex data 20 . 1:11 AM - May 21, 2024 149.2K Views Dar-Wei Chen, Ph.D. @chendw when LeBron is about to dunk but Mewtwo uses Disable II GIF CAVS 23

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