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.