Michael Jordan's life-saving dunk from Space Jam gets a deep rewind

  • Published: 04 April 2019
  • Everyone remembers Michael Jordan's arm-stretching dunk from the end of Space Jam. How could you not? It was the most important play of his career, since it saved him and the characters of Looney Tunes from lifetime imprisonment on Moron Mountain.

    But do you remember everything behind that moment? Do you remember how Jordan's opponents, the Monstars, built their team? Do you remember how Jordan ended up in Tune World in the first place? Do you remember the unsung clutch hero of this event: Bill Murray?

    This literally incredible play needs a deep rewind to be fully appreciated.

    Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
    Shot by Jiazhen Zhang
    Edited by Alex Hawley

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  • SB Nation
    SB Nation   7 months back

    MESSAGE ON BEHALF OF SB NATION: we do not view Michael Jordan’s accomplishments as something to fool about. Other than his choice of jeans, we find nothing about him to goof on. This is a serious look at an event that changed the world - nay - the universe as we know it.

    Also our actual April Fool's goof was when Seth pantsed Will in front of everyone and it absolutely killed. Y'all should've seen it. Ok love you bye!

    • David
      David  2 weeks back

      could you rewind when Kobe Bryant jumped over a car driving full speed at him? (i think it was during the playoffs?)

    • wanderlustwarrior
      wanderlustwarrior  2 months back

      Thank you for the Animaniacs shoutout!

    • Net Neutrality
      Net Neutrality  2 months back

      Why was Marvin waving the flag of Japan in Duck Dodgers in the 21st and a half Century?

    • David
      David  6 months back

      Hitler's is.

  • Ned Landry
    Ned Landry  3 days back

    Shouldn’t it have count as a three pointer?

    • The Dorchaidhe
      The Dorchaidhe  3 days back

      It's always funny to me that people think Jordan was just an okay baseball player. Here's some people forget, Jordan stats were starting to Skyrocket. Watch the documentary. His stats we're going up and up and up and up and up the more he played. If Jordan had continue to play baseball he would have been fantastic.

      • Vic T
        Vic T  2 weeks back

        "Bill Murray Saves Basketball" should be the title. No offense to the GOAT, but it was Bill.

        • Douglas Patterson
          Douglas Patterson  2 weeks back

          “Murray draws up an offensive scheme when they don’t have the ball.”

          “We’re on defense!”

          • Douglas Patterson
            Douglas Patterson  2 weeks back

            Waiting for the Beef episode of Tweety Bird and Sylvester.

            • clipobserver
              clipobserver  3 weeks back

              Is MJ and Bill Murray going to be in the sequel?

              • LMQ2005
                LMQ2005  4 weeks back

                So you’re telling me you’re basically just describing Space Jam

                • The Scatman
                  The Scatman  1 months back

                  MJ loves a bet.....he sure does!

                  • Bill Nye
                    Bill Nye  1 months back

                    I didn’t think this was needed until I saw it

                    • Judy Chen
                      Judy Chen  1 months back


                      • FSE
                        FSE  2 months back

                        David Tyree head catch or Plaxico Burress TD please? Also the Super Bowl 46 game ending hail mary

                        • Aleksa Boljević
                          Aleksa Boljević  2 months back

                          I cannot stop laughing

                          • Link Chan
                            Link Chan  2 months back

                            LEBRON FOR THE WINNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                            • Ian Franklin
                              Ian Franklin  2 months back

                              For the explanation of how the Nerdlucks stole the talent of the five NBA players and became the Monstars, it was probably decided by the filmmakers to have them steal from guys who were famous at the time.

                              • spacejamfan2007
                                spacejamfan2007  2 months back

                                i luv the video

                                • wanderlustwarrior
                                  wanderlustwarrior  2 months back

                                  This was the greatest moment in Jordan's baseball career.
                                  Next year can you do an episode on how and why the Mon-Stars didn't use a bench?

                                  • Matt Olejniczak
                                    Matt Olejniczak  2 months back

                                    Best episode ever!!!!

                                    • Groth Maul
                                      Groth Maul  2 months back

                                      "Backround check" on Marvin, guy, that is awesome! Thnx for your dedication

                                      • jackie boy
                                        jackie boy  2 months back

                                        Underrated line 😂

                                        • Life of Cal
                                          Life of Cal  2 months back

                                          0:51 didn’t know mj was 6’11. Btw he’s not he’s 6’6

                                        • TKainZero
                                          TKainZero  2 months back

                                          The balls on MJ to be making bets in a kids movie, whilst possibly suspended from the nba for betting is off the charts!!!

                                          Akin to sporting a hitler mustaches on levels of not giving a damm

                                          • dragonma69
                                            dragonma69  2 months back

                                            Ahh... I enjoyed this!
                                            If you guys do more, please please do Stefon Diggs' sideline catch in the Vikings Saints game!!

                                            • omar triplett
                                              omar triplett  2 months back

                                              Sorry. But the sound track was better than the movie. The shoes were sick. But the movie sucked

                                              • Yo boi Myles
                                                Yo boi Myles  2 months back

                                                You make it seem real like you think it is real

                                                • THEREgoes MILLER
                                                  THEREgoes MILLER  2 months back

                                                  i just realized after 20 yrs of seeing this movie.... that mj's final shot was actually a 3 pointer !!!

                                                  • Mulerider
                                                    Mulerider  2 months back

                                                    Love this!

                                                    • Eli Kernaghan
                                                      Eli Kernaghan  2 months back

                                                      U need to make one of these on the natural

                                                      • Yeeterson Peterson
                                                        Yeeterson Peterson  3 months back

                                                        Moment in history when Michael became the best player in the nba

                                                        • Pj Williams
                                                          Pj Williams  3 months back

                                                          Interesting dissecting

                                                          • Hunter Lang
                                                            Hunter Lang  3 months back

                                                            Those damn archaic stand your ground laws in looney land

                                                            • Max Kamyszek home
                                                              Max Kamyszek home  3 months back

                                                              I'm so sorry for Michael Jordan's loss

                                                              • Dylan Vattelana
                                                                Dylan Vattelana  3 months back

                                                                That last shot by MJ should've been worth 3 points and resulted in The Tune Squad winning by 2. This lack of an additional point may not have seemed like a lot to the casual fan or players of the game, has a win is a win. However, it shifted millions of dollars in Vegas bets to the point my family lost our house due to our father taking the over

                                                                • sterling gray
                                                                  sterling gray  3 months back

                                                                  Hahaha wait this is amazing the fact he questioning the talent they picked wow bravo

                                                                  • Hawk Man
                                                                    Hawk Man  3 months back


                                                                    • Frank Fleischhacker
                                                                      Frank Fleischhacker  3 months back

                                                                      See him playing baseball for his dad actually happened so It worked in the movie but what are they going to plot for space jam 2, well Lebron keeps changing teams to find the right one, lol he gets traded to the toon squad. unless its almost completely fictional an not partially. Idk maybe i shouldnt be thinking about this at 3 am on a wednesday lol

                                                                      • NtheKnife318
                                                                        NtheKnife318  3 months back

                                                                        This was awesome!!!

                                                                        • GIOVAHNNI GUCCI
                                                                          GIOVAHNNI GUCCI  3 months back

                                                                          HEY REWINDER WHEN ARE YALL GOING TO DO A VIDEO ON NBA's SEAN ELLIOTT WHO HIT THE "MEMORIAL DAY MIRACLE SHOT" corner 3 against the Portland trailblazers?????

                                                                          • ThatRandomDude
                                                                            ThatRandomDude  3 months back

                                                                            You never mentioned the shooting foul/flagrant 1, causing Jordan to have a 4 point play and possession.

                                                                            • Avin Samaroo
                                                                              Avin Samaroo  3 months back

                                                                              Is this guy seriously breaking down a movie like dude it’s for kids stop dwelling over who was skills was taken it’s just on whoever decided to be in the movie

                                                                              • TheDudeSmashTrash
                                                                                TheDudeSmashTrash  3 months back

                                                                                "Pepe Lepieux flummoxed the defense with his stinky ass" is the best single sentence ever spoken in an SB Nation video

                                                                                • Vic Hano
                                                                                  Vic Hano  3 months back

                                                                                  I absolutely hate, and 100% respect how serious they played this.

                                                                                  • Michael Josias
                                                                                    Michael Josias  3 months back

                                                                                    so when is lebron's space jam coming out?

                                                                                    • Gabriel Daltro
                                                                                      Gabriel Daltro  3 months back

                                                                                      Wouldn't it be a 3 pointer

                                                                                      • Aidan Booth
                                                                                        Aidan Booth  3 months back


                                                                                        • jwallE93
                                                                                          jwallE93  3 months back

                                                                                          If Jordan was able to take Bugs with him to the NBA he would’ve had another 3peat

                                                                                          • Keko Marley
                                                                                            Keko Marley  3 months back

                                                                                            Are we not gunna talk about the shot Danny Ainge put up at 5:10

                                                                                            • HS Productions
                                                                                              HS Productions  3 months back

                                                                                              Late April Fools? Right?