Last week, while watching some playoff hoops all iced up and recovering on the couch from a nearly three hour workout, I sent a text to my buddy Andy that said, “It took me almost 35 years to realize my basketball skills are limited.”
The majority of me was joking of course, as I’ve never been considered a basketball dynamo by any means.
Still, I really didn’t understand just how deficient my skills on the court were, until I met the crew that is Orlando Hoops – Irwin Hudson, Gerrod Trytten, Nick Trapp and Rickey Claitt.
The First Workout
Back in March, at the rather persistent urging of my buddy Jay (thank you!), I made my way over to workout with Orlando Hoops.
I arrived and was shown around “The Lab” by Coach Gerrod aka “Coach G” and then put through a workout with post grads that required every ounce of my effort. Following the lead of Coaches G, Nick and Rickey, I was moving my feet in ways I’d never seen (or trying to), jumping over small hurdles, larger hurdles, around cones, through pads, euro stepping, doing spin moves, all with one or two balls.
Then when hard work met fatigue, we split up and played a couple of games of intense 3-on-3.
They kicked my ass that day, but it was truly the most enjoyable basketball experience I’d had in a very long time!
The effort that the professors (Gerrod, Nick, and Rickey) put forth reminded me of my brother and me back many years ago.
Their positive outlook, high level of skill, effort and attack of every lose ball, every possession, inspired me so much!
The Last Two Weeks – College Workouts
Due to the job that pays and vacation or as G lovingly puts it, excuses, months had gone by since my initial trip to Orlando Hoops, but I never stopped thinking about that first workout.
With all excuses behind me and my man Robert Brown home from Virginia Tech for a couple of weeks, it was time to get back in the lab and get to work!
So for the last two weeks, twice a week, the great people that are Orlando Hoops (@OHoopsTraining) have let me partake in their college workouts!
I will tell you that the workouts are no joke. They are extremely challenging and uplifting at the same time. I am having the time of my life!
Orlando Hoops – College Workout (Video)
Ego Free and Getting Better!
Being the worst at most everything in a group of young men who all play college ball definitely will open up the door and set any ego I might have been carrying free.
I posted this on my facebook page the other day: “Not being able to complete a lot of the drills that I have been asked to do, due to a deficiency in my skills, has honestly been frustrating for me. Even though I’m in there working with DI athletes half my age, I still have a tremendous desire to excel. Drill after drill, I just keep telling myself that all I can do at this moment is my very best. Through my mistakes, I will succeed, IF I keep working because I can only get better!”
Sure I have a long, long way to go, but I am getting a little better each day and I am absolutely loving it! After all, I do enjoy huge challenges (I am trying to get Michael Jordan to play me remember)!
My Orlando Hoops Highlight Reel (Video)
Something Special – You Must Go Train With Them!
There is something very special going on in Central Florida in a gym nicknamed “The Lab”.
It would take me an entire post to try and capture the essence of what is happening there on a daily basis and maybe I’ll write that post in the future.
Sometimes though, things are just better experienced in person.
If you’re serious about getting better at the game of basketball, I would strongly encourage you to get in the lab with Orlando Hoops and work on your game!
Give them just one chance and I know you’ll understand what I mean when I say that something special is going on at Orlando Hoops!
Thank You Orlando Hoops!
I can’t thank the creator of Orlando Hoops, Irwin (@OHBBall), and coaches Gerrod (@OHoopsCoachG), Nick (@TrappOHoops) and Rickey (@RickeyOHoops) enough for their hospitality and patience with a 35 year old guy with a rather large dream. Your belief in me and my journey means a lot to me. I appreciate you all more than you will ever know!
I also want to thank all of the guys there working out alongside me! Thank you for the push, constant encouragement and for allowing me to be a part of your workouts! It’s a dream come true!
Lastly, thank you Hoop Brothers for capturing the great footage and for putting together the videos above! Awesome work! If you’re in need of game video/highlights/mixtape, Hoop Brothers (@HoopBrothers) is the place to go!
More on Orlando Hoops
For more info on Orlando Hoops Training, be sure to check out their website (OrlandoHoops.com)! They are great people and they will make you better!
Orlando Hoops – Chandler Parsons Camp
“Love of the Game” Giveaway
Because I’m a HUGE believer in Orlando Hoops and because the bigger purpose of my journey to play Michael Jordan is to help others achieve their dreams, I will be sponsoring one young person from grades 2nd through 12th for the upcoming Orlando Hoops – Chandler Parsons of the NBA’s Houston Rockets basketball camp being held June 25th-28th.
How to Enter: Send me an email – Kenny (at) mevsMJ.com – and tell me why you love the game of basketball. Tell me your story and be sure to include your current age, school you attend, team or teams for which you play and contact information.
Deadline for Entries: June 23rd
Do you love the game and want to attend? Then tell me your story and I will pick one boy or girl to attend the upcoming camp in June and make it a reality!
All the best to everyone that enters!
Remember, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE with FAITH and HARD WORK!
me vs. MJ…the journey continues! I hope you’re training Mr. Jordan!
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