A “No” and the BIGGEST “YES!” (Nick Anderson Called Me!!!!)

by Kenny Eller on May 3, 2011

Nick Anderson defending Michael Jordan!!

I woke up yesterday morning and the first thing I read was, “That would not be possible.”

It wasn’t the response I had hoped for when I sent out the the request, but I emailed them back, thanking them for responding nonetheless.

Head up, I then sent out the following update to Twitter and Facebook:  “Woke up to a ‘That would not be possible’ this morning, but I won’t stop until I hear it from Michael Jordan himself!”

Then a few hours later something HUGE happened!

Something that very well may be the turning point in this journey of mine to play Michael Jordan!


At 10:29 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011 my cell phone rang:

Me:  Hello this is Kenny.

Caller:  Ken…(long pause)…this is Nick Anderson.

Nick Anderson’s NBA Career

Nick Anderson!

Nick Anderson averaged 15.4 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Orlando Magic over his ten year career with the team and over 14 ppg during his 13 year NBA career.

Anderson was the first ever draft pick of the Orlando Magic (11th overall).  He is also the Orlando Magic’s all-time leader in scoring, steals and games played.  He ranks third overall in rebounds behind only Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal.

How “The Call” Happened!

I received a text from a good friend of mine asking if I had ever gotten in touch with Nick Anderson.  I replied no, that I hadn’t.  In the past, in passing, I had mentioned to her how cool and BIG it would be to make contact with someone like Nick.

She then said, if you write him (Nick Anderson) an email about your site and forward it to me, a friend of mine said that he could forward it on to Nick for you!

A few minutes later I sent the email.

An hour later I was talking with Nick Anderson!

Talking with Nick Anderson

After I got over the shock of who was calling me, I explained to Nick exactly why I began mevsMJ.com, what I’ve done thus far and what I’m looking to accomplish and he loved it!

He said,

“My dream growing up was to always play in the NBA, so I can relate to what you’re doing.  You only live once, so you might as well go after your dreams!”

Nick went on with,

“I’d be more than happy to do anything I can to help you.  You’ve got my cell phone number now, lock it in, call me tomorrow and we can set a time to meet at a court and shoot around.  We can start from there.”

Blown away by his kindness, I thanked him profusely, asked him at one point, “Seriously?!?!?!” and threw in some “THIS IS SO COOL!!!”

Life is Amazing!

My slogan this year has been “Life is amazing, if you allow it to be!” and that has never been more true than now.

When I began this journey in August, if someone would have told me that in a little over eight months my cell phone would ring one morning and on the other end would be former NBA player Nick Anderson, well, it would have been tough to believe…even for me.

The kindness of people along the way has been the most inspiringly rich part of this journey of mine to play Michael Jordan.  The selflessness and want of others to HELP ME achieve my childhood dream humbles me and I am so forever grateful.

I really can’t fully express in words what I’m feeling right now, other than to say that I am so thankful.

Me and Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson scoring!

Thirty minutes after our conversation, still so very excited, I sent Nick a text message that said, “Wow, I am so thankful!  You have no idea how much I appreciate this!!!”

Nick responded back, “You are more than Welcome :-)”

So later this week, I will meet Nick Anderson on some court somewhere here in Central Florida!

Proof, that if you work hard, have faith and believe, anything truly is POSSIBLE!

Proof that right behind the disappointment of a NO could be the BIGGEST YES you’ve ever heard!

me vs. MJ…this fantastic journey just went BIG TIME!

Stay tuned, it’s about to get VERY COOL around here!

Thank you all for the love, support and for following along!

**Note:  I want to give a very special thanks to my great friends Dani Sebaali and Eric Nourse for being amazing people and for connecting me with Nick Anderson!  You have no idea how much this means to me!  THANK YOU!  YOU GUYS ROCK!!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

dani May 3, 2011 at 8:10 am

Kenny! This is beyond awesome!!!! :) What a kind man Nick is to be so willing to help! I’m sure he felt your passion just as we all have! Wow… God is so faithful. Your hard work is totally being honored! So excited for you :)
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller May 3, 2011 at 8:46 am


First, THANK YOU!!! I so appreciate you connecting me with Nick! You are so right, he is SO NICE!!! Just awesome!!!

I also appreciate the kind words. Means a lot!

I LOVE that Bible verse! Thank you for that! You are so right about God and this has been a faith filled journey, no doubt! WOW!!! Just amazed! So thankful! So blessed!

Thank you!!! 😀


Shane Turk May 3, 2011 at 9:03 am

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome Kenny! I am so excited for you! What a tremendous opportunity and break (blessing)! Nick Anderson has always been one of my favorite all time Magic players and this just helps to cement that opinion.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller May 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

Thanks Shane! I’m excited too!!!! Appreciate the support as always! Yeah Nick is so nice! It blew me away!


Eric Nourse May 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Glad everything worked out for you buddy. Can’t wait to come watch and I’m really glad I could help. Keep me posted on the date and time please!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller May 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Thanks Eric!! This is HUGE!!! I’m so pumped!!! Thank you again for helping! Means a lot to me! I’ll definitely let you know as soon as it’s set up!!!


Benny May 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Awesome!! Nick seems like a really great guy. Look forward to reading about it! Just don’t beat him too bad! :)


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller May 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Thanks Benny! Yeah Nick was really nice! So kind! As were Dani and Eric to take the time and connect us. Amazed daily at how awesome people can be!

I’ll do my best, no doubt! :-)


Nate May 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Kenny, dude. This is ridiculously awesome. Just… wow. Keep hustling my friend.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller May 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Haha, Thanks Nate! Will do!

You keep doing your thing too! I’m following along man! So cool!


Charissa Eller May 4, 2011 at 6:16 am

So proud of you!! Who gets a phone call from Nick Anderson? Kenny Eller does because he believes and so do I :-)


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller May 4, 2011 at 6:18 am

Thanks! 😀


Kasper Medicis May 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

This is HUGE!!!!
I’m so happy for you. You must be beyond yourself with excitement.
I remember the days when I used to watch Nick Anderson, 3D and my childhood hero… Penny Hardaway.

Go Kenny, Go!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller May 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Thank you so much man! Yeah, I’m flipping out hahah! Trying to soak it all up! LIFE IS AMAZING, if you allow it to be!!!!

Thanks again! 😀


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