The Jordan Dome, as it was called, included a full weight room, locker rooms, showers, a living room and, of course, a basketball court.
“Initially, what they were going to do was just paint some lines on the parking lot and put a couple of hoops up,” said Jordan's (and Kobe's, and Dwyane Wade's) personal trainer, Tim Grover. “And I was like, ‘No, no, no. This is Michael Jordan. We’re not playing basketball in a parking lot. Not gonna happen.'”
Space Jam director Joe Pytka remembers, “It was a full-sized basketball court with an inflatable dome. And Michael would go up there and everybody in town would come to play basketball there and challenge him. He’d play basketball every night, and he had great players come in. All the LA players could run up there to play.”
The facility was constructed in six weeks, and instantly became an L.A. hotspot.
“A lot of the players came down to hang out on the set,” says Bruce Talamon, the on-set photographer. “That was the hottest ticket in town. You couldn’t just walk up in there. You either had to be invited or approved. You would have the biggest Hollywood stars who would want to come into the Dome and watch him play. They all wanted to come in and see the real star. And Michael was the real star.”
Check out some images of the facility and from the shoot below (credit Bruce Talamon, courtesy of Jordan Brand), and head on over to Jordan.com for the complete story.
Jordan trains wearing some 11s while Grover supervises
A shot of one of the basketball games — that looks like Horace Grant on the right
Jordan filmed a lot of his scenes in front of a green screen
A sketch of a scene with the animated characters included
Jordan must have had to try hard not to laugh in scenes like these
Jordan getting a stretch in the 11s
Grover working with Jordan
There's that smile
MJ with Grover training in a pair of Jordan 9s. Bugs Bunny may or may not have actually been there.