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Playing ball: Williamsburgers celebrated the Looney Tunes-inspired revamp of Rodney Park North with a five-on-five game on Aug. 1.
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Getting a lift: Bryant Crowder helps Jedi Minasian, 3, dunk the ball.
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What’s up doc?: Bugs Bunny came out to celebrate the new court, which features himself and his Tune Squad teammates from the 1996 cult movie “Space Jam,” including Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety, and Taz.
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The ball court was redesigned by muralist Evan Rossell and the evening game was emceed by the voice of Bugs and Daffy Eric Bauza and legendary Manhattan street ball announcer Team ChaChing.
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Groups of dancers and performers kept the crowd going during the half-time show.
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Xavier Sanchez, 6, gets ready to perform.
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Fans enjoy the game and performances at Rodney Park North.
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Hoops: Youngsters have a ball at the new basketball court.

It’s not duck, or rabbit season — it’s basketball season!

Dozens of Williamsburg ballers celebrated a Looney Tunes-inspired makeover of their local basketball court on Aug. 1.

California studio Warner Bros. revamped the ball court at Rodney Park North on Rodney Street with a mural by artist Evan Rossell, which was inspired by the Tune Squad, an all-star team of cartoon characters from the 1996 cult movie “Space Jam,” in which Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety, and Taz team up with Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to take on the evil Monstars.

The company celebrated the court’s Looney new look with a closed-to-the-public, five-on-five basketball game emcee’d by Eric Bauza — the voice actor of Bugs and Daffy — and legendary Manhattan street ball announcer Team ChaChing.

Dancers performed some smooth moves at the half-time show of the evening match, as dozens of onlookers watched from the sidelines and from outside the park between S. Fourth and S. Fifth streets.

The new mural just so happens to coincide with the recent announcement of “Space Jam 2,” an animated sports comedy starring LeBron James and Don Cheadle expected to hit theaters in July 2021.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 1:56 pm, August 7, 2019
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