Michael Jordan Trash Talked Extras During ‘Space Jam’ Pickup Games
Throughout the years we’ve heard plenty of Michael Jordan trash-talking stories. Just a few weeks ago, Reggie Miller told a story about the time during his rookie year when Jordan destroyed him on the court.
Now, thanks to actor Keith Gibbs we have another story to add to legend of Michael Jordan’s trash-talking game.
In an interview posted on Grantland, former college basketball player and actor Keith Gibbs, “The Guy From Every Basketball Movie”, talked about his experiences acting as a basketball player in more than a dozen films and included an incredible story about Michael Jordan cussing him out during a pickup game while filming the movie “Space Jam”
Did Jordan trash-talk you?
Oh yeah, nonstop. [Laughs.]
He didn’t give a shit who you were. When I was doing Space Jam, we played three days. I thought it was over. I had to go out of town. I get a phone call, they’re like, “Why aren’t you here?” I was like, “Oh, they’re still playing?” I had no idea.
I walk in, and it’s Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Charles Oakley. Grant Hill shows up. Jerry Stackhouse shows up. Now, all of a sudden it’s an NBA All-Star pickup game. Every night. I did that for about a month and a half, two months. Then the UCLA kids came in, and they had just won a national title — Ed O’Bannon and those guys. Just phenomenal. Best pickup games I’ve ever been a part of. It was unreal.
Yeah, so Jordan … I had to guard Reggie Miller and Michael Jordan in back-to-back games. It was so bad. I was friends with Chris Mills and Tracy Murray — we had been to some camps together. One play, I got switched onto Jordan, because Chris was like, “Keith, you take him.” Jordan hit a 35-footer on me. I mean, it was ridiculous: leg out, tongue out, all that stuff … hit a 35-footer on me and goes, “GET THE F*CK OFF THE COURT.”
That’s right, not even a lowly moive extra is safe from the wrath of Michael Jordan.
You can read Keith Gibbs full interview over at Grantland
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