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"Security were kicking out these kids to the back" — Ahmad Rashad on the time Leonardo DiCaprio met Michael Jordan

MJ said he used one of DiCaprio's lines when the Bulls stuck their hands in the huddle before the game. He just got the title of the movie wrong.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Jordan

Right after Michael Jordan guided the Chicago Bulls to their sixth title, he met then-23-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio. Broadcaster Ahmad Rashad, a close confidant of Jordan, shared the interesting details behind the meeting of the two celebrities.

“Little kids”

According to Rashad, he was the critical middle-man that instigated the fateful meeting between DiCaprio and Jordan. DiCaprio was apparently with some of his friends. Security was unaware of his stature as a celebrity. But thanks to Rashad, DiCaprio was able to cross the security lines.

So when The Last Dance was over, I was on my way to the locker room and as I walked to the back, I saw security putting these little kids — well, they weren’t little kids, they were more like 20-year-old kids. But they were kicking them out to the back. So I saw Leonardo DiCaprio. And I went over and got him. I told security he was with me. So I took him through the back to the training room and had them sit in the corner of the training room. So when the whole team came in, they ended up having a chance to meet Michael Jordan. That was the end of the dance. Then the dance was over,” Rashad said.

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Whereas the photo of Jordan’s game-winning shot over Bryon Russell dominated sports headlines, the GOAT’s picture with the 23-year-old DiCaprio filled showbiz magazines. It’s an interesting moment in history, nevertheless. We must thank Ahmad Rashad for ushering in this great historical moment.

”The Man in the Iron Face”

How Jordan and DiCaprio met is as interesting as what they talked about. Though “Titanic” was what put Leo on the map, a different movie of his stuck in Jordan’s mind. 

I was watching, uh, Man in the Iron Face,” Jordan said wrongly, as he came face-to-face with DiCaprio.

Iron Mask,” corrected the actor.

You know what I told the guys when we stuck our hand in?” Jordan asked DiCaprio, before referencing his 1998 film. “All for one and one for all.

It’s a funny and heartwarming encounter. Everything Jordan consumed, whether a film or a song, was picked apart. Things that have little or no use to his profession as a basketball player were thrown to the back burner. Lessons that helped, like that powerful quote from the “Man in the Iron Mask,” were immediately utilized.

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