Michael Jordan's Space Jam feature film was a huge hit among kids in the 90's -- a great family film with action, comedy and no shortage of great basketball moments.

Despite its all-ages appeal, though, Jordan's demeanor was decidedly different when the cameras were off.

In a recent interview with Grantland's Jason Concepcion, basketball player-turned-actor Keith Gibbs -- who was used in the making of 'Space Jam' -- shares his experience after Jordan called him to participate in an after-hours game of pick-up basketball.

"I walk in, and it’s Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Charles Oakley," Gibbs says. "Grant Hill shows up. Jerry Stackhouse shows up. Now, all of a sudden it’s an NBA All-Star pickup game."

Gibbs, who played at Cal State Northridge but never professionally, was clearly overmatched. He ended up being assigned to defend against Reggie Miller in the first game.

In the second game, he found himself forced to defend against Jordan -- and the Chicago Bulls star took advantage.

"Jordan hit a 35-footer on me, says Gibbs. "I mean, it was ridiculous: leg out, tongue out, all that stuff … hit a 35-footer on me and goes, 'GET THE [EXPLETIVE] OFF THE COURT.'"

Sounds about right considering Jordan's insane competitive drive. Somewhere, Kobe Bryant is disappointed MJ went easy on the poor kid.

'Space Jam' wasn't Gibbs' only encounter with Jordan -- as a basketball actor, he also participated in several Nike commercials featuring Jordan. Those experiences helped build something of a relationship between MJ and one of the actors brought in to fill out the scene -- and now, it's paying dividends in great stories from the glory days.

The Internet has come a long way in 20 years. For example, it no longer needs the NFL to issue a written introductory guide on its behalf.

As the 20th anniversary of the league's first website draws near, NFL PR guy Brian McCarty tweeted a throwback image of a memo sent out in April 1995. The one-page explainer hits some of the basic points of Internet fluency, answering tough questions like "What is the Internet?" and "Why is the Internet important?"

It's a fun trip back into time.


"Approximately 30 million people in nearly 200 countries connect to the Internet to send email, conduct business, transfer files, exchange information and participate in special interest newsgroups," the memo explains.

In terms of the Internet's appeal to the NFL specifically, the league actually had some good understanding of how an online presence could be of value. The memo describes the Internet as, "An instant, dynamic link to the fan. The internet facilitates two-way communication of NFL information, within seconds, any fan in the world can keep up with the latest news and stats from around the league."

Its target audience, meanwhile, was spot-on -- except for one minor miscalculation:

"A young, high-tech and international audience. The Internet audience is a young and rapidly growing group: Media savvy and affluent, this international audience will be a significant fan base for the newly launched World League."

Sadly, no significant fan base -- Internet-based or otherwise -- ever came to fruition for the NFL's World League, later known as NFL Europe. And that's yet another reminder of how long ago 1995 was: NFL Europe seemed like a great idea.

Some other notable time-markers from April 1995:

Browns coach Bill Belichick: Yes, in 1995 Belichick was still happily employed by the Browns, which he had just led to the playoffs in 1994. The future looked bright. But during the upcoming 1995 season, Browns owner Art Modell announced the team's relocation to Baltimore. After a 5-11 season, Belichick was left behind in Cleveland.

The Los Angeles Raiders were still a thing: In June 1995, Al Davis signed an agreement to bring the Raiders back to Oakland. But in April, the franchise was still based in Los Angeles. Because the league had never formally approved of the move to L.A., they couldn't block the team's second move since 1982 -- or even demand compensation for the switch.

Potential No. 1 draft pick Jameis Winston was 15 months old: The former Florida State quarterback, who appears to be the favorite to be drafted first overall in next month's NFL draft, was still sporting diapers.

March 29, 1996: Baltimore's new NFL team was given the name of Ravens. It was a tribute to the famous poem "The Raven," written by Edgar Allan Poe while living in Baltimore.

The team had been the Cleveland Browns but sought a fresh identity after moving to Baltimore.

The date of the announcement had special significance. It was 12 years earlier on March 29 that the Colts abandoned Baltimore by loading up a fleet of Mayflower moving trucks and heading to Indianapolis.

Byron Brad McCrimmon was born March 29, 1959.

McCrimmon spent 18 seasons as an NHL defenseman for six teams. He helped Calgary win the 1989 Stanley Cup.

He was a respected NHL assistant coach, and then took a head coaching job with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in Russia in 2011. But before he was able to coach a regular-season game, McCrimmon was killed when the team plane crashed.

In 2012, at least three Astros fans wandered off from an outdoor carnival, slipped through a gap in a fence, and found themselves smack in the middle of the abandoned Astrodome.

Houston's MLB team hadn't played there since 1999, and it was used only sparingly before being fully closed in 2009. The guys found some of the hallway lights on in the building and proceeded on an adventure that took them through the spooky confines of the old stadium that was once also home to the NFL's Houston Oilers.

Three days ago, one of the guys in that group uploaded photos from their adventure onto Imgur.

One of the first areas the guys discovered was the Astros' locker room. Although the locker names had been removed, the decoration in the room made it clear this was where the home team set up shop:

"We were NOT in there to vandalize, steal, or damage any property," the original poster writes. "Just there to see how the ol' dome was doing! Also, I do not know the current condition of the Astrodome, and even if it were to be in the same condition as it was when we checked it out, I would NOT recommend and do not condone trespassing on private property."

The guys then made it out to the bleachers, where the Astrodome's seats were still intact. Judging by the padded seating, they were likely on the lower level close to the field:

The guys made it up into the higher reaches of the stadium, exploring the old Astrodome suites and finding the media rooms near the top. One of the men manned the stadium's scoreboard control and found a key that turned on everything but the Jumbotron.

Finally, as if this was the only way things could have worked out, the guys found their way to the roof of the Astrodome (which could be converted to a "massive indoor park within the stadium, with spaces for exercise and biking trails and indoor rock climbing," according to an AP report).

. In fact, they didn't even have to look that hard: According to the caption, the first door they tried revealed a ladder leading straight to the top.

The moral of the story: Never underestimate how easy it is to walk into a multi-million-dollar facility unobstructed, and never assume that you can't do whatever the heck you please, turning that facility into your own private, albeit derelict, playground.

Oh, and don't trespass. But if you do, take pics or it didn't happen.

Gerald Eugene "Jerry" Sloan was born March 28, 1942.

Sloan was a mainstay for the Utah Jazz, coaching there from 1988 to 2011. He's one of three coaches all time to win 1,000 games with one team.

He led the Jazz to 15 straight playoff appearances from 1989 to 2003. He took the Jazz, led by John Stockton and Karl Malone, to NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998.

He was honored by the Jazz in 2014 with a banner-hanging ceremony.

Sloan also played in the NBA himself, spending time with the Baltimore Bullets and Chicago Bulls in 12 years. His No. 4 was the first number to be retired by the Bulls.

Edward Lewis Pinckney was born March 27, 1963.

Pinckney is best known for leading one of the most famous Cinderella stories in NCAA tournament history. He took No. 8 seed Villanova to the 1985 national championship game and beat Patrick Ewing and the defending champion Georgetown Hoyas to win it all.

Pinckney had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the game and earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player honors as a result.

After his career at Villanova, Pinckney played for seven different teams in nine NBA seasons.

John Houston Stockton was born March 26, 1962.

Stockton spent all of his 20 seasons with the Utah Jazz, teaming up with Karl Malone to provide some of the best years in franchise history.

Stockton owns the career NBA record for assists (15,806), assists per game (14.1) and steals (3,265). He leads Jason Kidd by more than 1,000 steals.

Stockton, though, never won an NBA championship. The Jazz made two NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, but Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won both.

March 28, 1998: No. 3 seed Utah beats No. 1 seed North Carolina to make its first national championship game since 1944.

North Carolina had Antwan Jamison and Vince Carter leading the way, but Utah used 16 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists from Andre Miller to get by.

Utah won the game, 65-59 and became the first Western Athletic Conference team to make the finals since 1966.

Utah lost the national championship game to Kentucky, which won its seventh title.

March 27, 1988 No. 1 seed Arizona beats No. 2 seed North Carolina to advance to its first Final Four in school history.

The Wildcats, led by Sean Elliott and Tom Tolbert, overcame a halftime deficit to beat Dean Smith's tar Heels. Elliott and Tolbert combined for 45 points.

Arizona fell to Oklahoma in the national semifinals, but made the Final Four twice in the next decade.

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