Me vs. Pat The Roc (World’s Greatest Ball-Handler)

by Kenny Eller on January 7, 2013

Me and Pat The Roc

Sunday, just before the evening took over the day, I was checking the ball in against what many regard as the best basketball ball-handler in the World!

A guy who, when observed on the court, makes the ball look like it’s an extension of himself.

His name, Patrick Robinson or as he’s better known to the basketball world…Pat The Roc!

To get an idea of what I’m talking about, check out the video below.

Pat The Roc – Showing off the Handles

How My Game of 1-on-1 Happened

Friday afternoon I was sitting downtown in my office at work, when I received an Instagram notification from Coach Gerrod Trytten of Orlando Hoops.

Now, I knew the crew that is Orlando Hoops was teaming up with Pat The Roc on Sunday for a basketball camp, but I never thought that would equate to us playing.

Most likely it wouldn’t have if Pat didn’t post what he posted Friday afternoon.

Pat asked through the social media photo network, “Name one person you would like to play one on one,” and Gerrod being the great guy that he is, told Pat about me and this journey of mine to play Michael Jordan.

He let Pat know that he’s sure I’d like to play him, if he was up for it.

Less than an hour later, the game was set!

Pat The Roc – Streetball Legend & Much More

Pat’s list of accolades is too long to list in this post, but he spent five years on the And1 mixtape tour, has been featured in two video games, has been sponsored by the likes of Gatorade, Under Armor and Hoop Culture, and has been spotlighted numerous times in SLAM magazine…just to name a few.

I knew about the basketball side of Pat, but what I didn’t know is the part that stopped me in my tracks.

If you’ve been following this journey, you know that I have a saying that I live by and I’ve been saying it for a long time.  It is, “Anything Is Possible with Faith & Hard Work.”  It’s what I live.  It’s what I believe.

Well, beyond the basketball court, Pat has a non-profit organization called Team A.I.P. (Anything Is Possible) which encourages kids to believe that anything is possible when it comes to their dreams.

Now tell me our meeting was just a coincidence!

Today, beyond TEAM A.I.P., Pat travels the globe doing camps like the one at Orlando Hoops and training some of the NBA’s best, like Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, shown below.

Pat The Roc – Training Tyreke Evans of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings 

Me vs. Pat The Roc

1-on-1 Recap

As you saw in the video, the game wasn’t even close.  I tried my best, but in the end, the final score was 15-3 (2 points for me didn’t count).

In life though, it’s not always about the score.

Honestly, it’s not easy on the ego for me to get beat so handily time and time again on this site.  The truth is though, you have to be willing to lose, if you ever want a chance to truly win.

I hope that this journey is showing you that.

For me, it was truly a privilege to match-up with someone like Pat and see what I could do or stop him from doing (not much, haha).  For me, regardless of the score, I won!

I encourage you all to get out there and get those dreams!

It won’t always be the prettiest ride (see above) but I guarentee you’ll have a blast every step of the way!

me vs. Michael Jordan…the amazing journey continues!  As always, thank you following along!

Special Thanks

I’d like to give a HUGE S/O to Pat The Roc for taking the time after an all day camp to play basketball with me and help me on my journey.  The guy is a class act!  Check him out on his site!

Also, I’d like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to my Orlando Hoops family.  Without you, this wouldn’t have been possible!  You guys are the best!  If you’re anywhere close to Central Florida, you must check them out!  Great, great people!  Thank you!

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If you’re new here, I set out in August 2010 to get a game of 1-on-1 vs. my childhood hero Michael Jordan.  This site is about that journey…through every valley, to every mountain top of triumph!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jerome January 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Love it! I’ve been waiting to see you in action! That was a tough matchup (obviously) but I’m sure you learned a lot from it! You should learn some of his moves and use them on MJ!

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Kenny Eller January 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thanks Jerome! Yeah, without a doubt a tough match-up for me, hahaha! You’re right though, I did learn some new moves and I learn something new every single time I play a different elite level player.

I think my focus over the next couple of months will be working on some moves to create more space, to allow me to get my shot off. Pat and I talked about that after we played. Something I really need to work on.

Appreciate the support man! Thank you!

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André Gussekloo January 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

A belated Happy New Year to you and your family, this time from Thailand. Just a comment to show you that I’m still following your journey and I’m loving every step of it!

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” –Robert Kennedy

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Kenny Eller January 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thank you André! Same to you and yours!

Thank you for stopping by and continuing to give support! It is much appreciated! Great quote btw! Very nice!

How long are you in Thailand?

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Tom January 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hey Kenny, I’ve been following your site for a long time (since I found you while trying to find info on Jordan’s senior flight school–oh how I wish he’d bring that back !)

It looked like he was getting around you pretty easy. It’s going to be tough to stop someone that quick, but it looks like you were playing pretty flat footed and with you weight back a bit–could be you were tired that day or something, but it might help to play on the balls of your feet a little.

I probably shouldn’t make suggestions, you’ve had tons of instruction by much more qualified people, I just couldn’t help noticing it there.

Good luck, hope you get your game soon. I think we’re around the same age (I’m 36) and I’ve started to notice myself losing a step.

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Kenny Eller January 30, 2013 at 7:34 am

Haha, everything you are stating is true Tom. This definitely wasn’t one of my better performances, but I’m not really one for making excuses, so I’ll say this – I did my best in the moment.

The reminder that this gave me is that I always need to be conditioned and prepared to play, because I never know when the game vs. MJ is coming. I need to ensure that my best is really my best. It could be a call and a game less than 24 hrs later, like this one was. Either way, I need to be prepared.

Btw, I too would like for MJ to bring back the camp!

Thanks for the support along the way and the comment! Appreciate that!

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Michael Villegas March 15, 2013 at 4:05 am

What’s up Kenny! It’s been a while since I visited your site! I gotta say that you really worked hard to become better each and every time.

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Kenny Eller March 15, 2013 at 6:30 am

What!? You don’t visit daily!?!?!!

Hahaha, just kidding. :)

Thanks Michael, I appreciate that! I always try my best!

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