Dear MJ (A Letter to Michael Jordan)

by Kenny Eller on March 10, 2011

Priority Letter

March 10, 2011

Mr. Michael Jeffrey Jordan
23 G.O.A.T Court
Charlotte, NC  32292

Dear MJ:

When you came into the league (NBA) in 1984 I was seven years old.  My big focus was getting to know my new classmates and learning how to read small books with a few words in a big font on each page.  You went on to win Rookie of the Year with a stat line of 28.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 5.9apg, and 2.4spg.  I had a knack for being able to spell and led my class in gold stars.

The very next year you got injured and played in just 18 regular season games.  I can’t say that I was fully aware of how tough that must have been on you then, as I was just in the third grade.  Even though management wanted you to sit the year out, you came back, helped the Bulls to the playoffs and put on a show.  On April 20th you dropped an NBA playoff record 63 points on Larry Bird and the Celtics in the first round!  Unfortunately I was unable to see the game live, as we only had one TV and at eight years old I didn’t get to pick the channels.

At the age of 28 you won your first title with the Chicago Bulls.  By this time I had read every article I could get my hands on and every book I could beg my parents to buy for me.  I knew so much about you and your teammates that I felt like I was a part of the team too.  I was also starting to put quite a few hours of my own into learning the game of basketball.

By the time you had won your third straight title I had just finished my first year of JV basketball.  I was just 5’9” at the time but used to pray that I would be tall and even tried hanging on the monkey bars because I heard that’s what you did growing up.  My parents are only 5’8” and 5’6”, but your parents weren’t tall either, so I thought I had a chance!  The best thing about my game in those days was my Jordans.  I had the shoes, the jersey, the shorts and shirts.  I watched every VHS tape I could rent from the local video store over and over again trying to pick up on every little thing that made you great.  Books written about you consumed my nights.

Throughout my high school life I was never really that good at the game Dr. James Naismith invented.  I got my butt kicked over and over again in hoops, but never gave up.  I was totally self-taught and finally by my senior year I was catching up physically and skill wise with the other guys.  Even though I was more B.J. Armstrong and less Michael Jordan, I had a blast and had fallen in love with the game.

You went to baseball and I followed.  I even had my Mom take me out of school one day and we drove 2.5 hours to see a spring training game in Sarasota.  You didn’t play much that day, but around the sixth inning as you were leaving, you walked right by us, literally just feet away.  I was one happy kid!

You came back to the league and I taped every game.  Still have them all on VHS.  I began interning in the sports department at the local abc affiliate when I turned 19 years old.  This was right as you and the Bulls were on your way to going 69-13 and winning your second title in a row (5th overall).  It didn’t take the sports guys at the station long to realize how big of Jordan fan I was.  The first time you came to town they sent me out to get a comment on the following day’s big game.  It was late, and you had just gotten off the bus at the hotel.  You didn’t talk to me, actually no one really did, but I was as close to you, Pip, Phil, Dennis, Randy, Toni, Steve and the rest of the guys as anyone could ever be.  I wanted to tell you then how big of a fan I was, but that was against the journalism protocol.

You went on to win your sixth title and I got to see most every game that was in Orlando from 96-98.  I even got to come to the locker room and ask Scottie and some of the other guys questions.  You always had the most people wanting to talk to you and I was always too nervous then to ask you anything.  Instead I would stretch my arm out as far as possible with the mic in hand and battle my way in to get the sound of your voice.  The truth is I felt like I knew ya.  I didn’t want to ask you one of five routine post game questions the guys always asked.  I wanted to go into the Chris Farley “Remember When” skit.  I was a FAN!

You retired and I felt lost.  The team was dismantled and I couldn’t believe it.  I still supported the guys and did my best to keep up with Pip out in Houston when I could.  They didn’t really show all that many Rockets games in Central Florida though.  In the end, it just didn’t seem right with you not playing.

A few years later you came back!  I was 24 years old and had moved from sports to banking as a career.  Those days in Washington weren’t exactly like the days in Chicago, but myself and every Jordan fan in the World loved every minute of it!

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So I’m not sure if you’re aware, but in August of 2010 I began mevsMJ.com, My Journey to Jordan Camp.  I had been waiting for years to be old enough to attend your Michael Jordan Senior Flight School in Vegas.  The goal of the site was to chronicle each and every step I took along the way as I prepared myself for your camp, which was to be held exactly one year from then.

I began shaking off the rust, conditioning myself and even attended professional basketball training in the beginning of November.  To prepare myself as much as possible, I also began lining up and playing games of one-on-one with top tier players so that I could be at the top of my game when we played 1-on-1 at your camp.

In December 2010, I found out that you canceled the camp this year.  I was devastated.  I had waited years for this, but was determined not to give up.  I knew when you canceled that you didn’t mean any harm.  You don’t even know me, yet.

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I say all of that to say this.

I want to play basketball with you Mr. Jordan.  I want to play you 1-on-1.  I want to lace up my Jordans, check the ball in and give you every bit of my basketball game.  I get that I’m not the worthiest opponent when it comes to skill level, but there won’t be another human on this entire planet that will put more effort forth than when we play.  I promise you that.

I also want to show people that anything really is possible.  I want to show everyone that a regular guy who’s not even the best basketball player in his town can play his childhood hero and the greatest basketball player to ever live if HE WORKS EXTREMELY HARD AND BELIEVES!

At the end of the day, I need your help.  I need your time.  I need you to believe in what I’m trying to accomplish as much as I’ve always believed in you.

I had a dream last week.  In the dream, as I was walking out of the gym you were walking in, dressed in Jordan gear, bag hanging loosely over your shoulder.  I mustered up the courage and asked if I could please shoot around or play hoops with you.  You thought for a half of a second and said, “Sure, let’s go!”  The thing is I was nervous even in the dream!  The first time you passed the ball to me it felt like it was loaded with concrete.  My arms felt like noodles when I took the very first shot.  I had so much adrenaline running through me.  My dream had come true.

Somehow I hope this letter finds your eyes.  Somehow I hope you take the time to read it.  I hope that you connect with my dream.  I hope you feel my passion.  I pray that you say “SURE, let’s play Ken”, and make me vs. MJ a reality!

Sincerely,

Kenny Eller (Your BIGGEST Fan and NEXT 1-on-1 Opponent)

If you could retweet this letter to MJ, post it on your facebook, send to friends and family, send it to your local paper, anything to help get this message out so that it may find its place in front of Michael Jordan, I would really appreciate it!  Thank you in advance!

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Mark Powers March 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Superbly written, Kenny. I’ll print this out and give it to Michael when we do coffee tomorrow . . .

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thanks Mark! You da man! Mike only drinks Gatorade;-)

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Charissa Eller March 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm

This is one of my favorite posts! You can really tell how passionate you are about this journey and mj:-)

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks! :-). Hopefully MJ will see too!

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Gregory Moore March 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Kenny, I thought I was a fan till I read your letter!

In the words of a famous Journey song “Don’t Stop Believing”

I wish you all the best!

MJ23 4 ever…

Gregory

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 15, 2011 at 12:24 am

Thank you for the kind words Gregory! They are very much appreciated! Thank you too for stopping by and checking out the site! Thanks for the wishes and yes MJ23 4 EVER! 😀

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MJ Maniac March 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

Hey Kenny,

Please drop me an e-mail – I have almost 1,000 Jordan games on VHS / DVD, so would love to work out a trade for some of the games you recorded yourself…

rairjordan@gmail.com

Kind regards,

rairjordan

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 19, 2011 at 7:32 am

Hello there,

That’s amazing! I need to work on converting from VHS to DVD/Blue Ray. Just haven’t really looked into what it would take to get that done. Once I do, I’d have no problem sending what I’ve got. That may take me some time though. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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MJ Maniac March 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

Hey – check out the attached website info, it is ALL Jordan…

I am happy to convert VHS to DVD for you, I have about 150 VHS right now, of MJ VHS that I am working on…can you please tell me a little more about your collection, does it include Bulls Eye (pre-game) on some tapes etc?

I can send you DVD copies back, of the VHS tapes you send me…

Look forward to your reply, all the best with MJ! haha

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 20, 2011 at 8:33 am

I appreciate that! It may take me awhile, but I will follow up and see what we can do.

Thank for the support!

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Rasheed Hooda October 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

Hey Kenny,

Your passion shines through. I know I am late here, but I came here from your latest post. As I read the last part of the letter, tears were rolling down my face. I am adding my FAITH and BELIEF and ENERGY to yours to make it happen. I know it will.

Rasheed

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller October 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hey Rasheed,

I will say that it is comments like these that I think of when I need motivation to keep pushing! Thank you for your support, FAITH, BELIEF and ENERGY! I need and appreciate it all! Thank you my friend!

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Bertie July 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

I am a lifetime fan of Mr Air Jordan.. How can I join the Fan Club?

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller July 29, 2014 at 7:39 am

Thanks for checking out the site Bertie! I appreciate your support!

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Danny August 24, 2015 at 2:21 am

I would love to get in touch with MJ I recently had a fire and lost my whole collection of retro jordans over 40 pairs they were my pride and joy been collecting for years,now I’m a single dad with custody of my 8 year old son and just don’t have the money to buy sneakers anymore.my Jordan retro 11 collection alone was my favorite I had breds,space jams,legends,concords,etc. I had doubles and triples and some retro even more than that from retro 1 all the way to retro 13’s a lot of the same but just in different colors.I was devastated when I lost them and it bothers me every day I wish Mr Jordan could read this or I could somehow get a hold of him so I could tell him my story.I’ve been a huge fan since I was 8 years old which is my sons age and he’s a fan as well he watches all the games I’ve recorded over jordans career I’ve watched just about every game I rarely ever missed a game that I could watch and I watched every playoff game,one of my dreams have always been to meet you even to just shake ur hand and get an autograph my whole family tells me my Jordan collection is crazy from TV guides with mjs picture to ur rare aur book that I bought two so I could save one in the plastic and read the other one I even have an unopened McDonald’s Frisbee with his picture on it from the dream team unopened do I know how hard it was being that young and not opening that.I know all ur stats from every year I know ur birthday and hometown basically the whole story your the GOAT and so.e of my fondest memories from my life was watching bulls games with my dad even though he is a crazy Celtics fan because we are from Massachusetts I love the celts too but the bulls are my favorite team of all time then the PATRIOTS 2nd.Mr Jordan if u see this and ever read this would u ever consider sending me some jordans I know u probably can’t send me all over 40 pairs I lost in the fire but just a pair of concords breds legends whatever I don’t care and it would mean so much more coming from you thank you for reading this if you do and would love to hear back from you even if its just to say hi and acknowledge me as a fan of yours thank you Mr Jordan
Sincerely
Daniel Campanirio
Email: is mayson1103@yahoo.com

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