Orlando Magic

Me vs. Chucky Atkins

December 9, 2014
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Before our third game of 1-on-1 Saturday afternoon, former NBA great Chucky Atkins told me, “My goal is to hold you under 6 points this game.” I replied, “My goal is to get 15,” to which he shot back with one eyebrow raised, “Well, that’s not gonna happen!”

I handed him the ball, crouched down on defense and said, “You gotta dream big!”

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My Time with Orlando Magic Legend Nick Anderson

December 24, 2013
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On Friday, the 20th day of December 2013, Anything Is Possible with Faith & Hard Work, was proven once again as I spent the morning on a basketball court with Orlando Magic Legend, Nick Anderson! For over two hours, the man that has created so many memories for fans over his career in college and the […]

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Me and Corey Maggette (One Man’s Kindness Changes the Game)

January 29, 2013
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On January 16th, Corey Maggette of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons found me on Instagram and it changed everything. Just 11 days later, after some messaging back and forth between myself and Corey, I was at the Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons game on Sunday to meet him, thank him for his kindness and to hand […]

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Michael Jordan & Me (Our 2nd Meeting!) + Being Treated Like a Criminal & The Power of Belief!

January 23, 2012
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As Jordan passed, walking side by side with Ahmad Rashad, I fired away my question. Well kind of. I asked with a mix of excited confidence…

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My Time with T-Mac + Tracy McGrady (@TheReal_TMAC) Gives Me & mevsMJ.com a Shout Out!

July 19, 2011
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The T-Mac Shout Out! Yesterday at 10:02 am the following message from Tracy McGrady came across my Twitter feed!: I dream big things here at mevsMJ.com, but even for me, having Tracy McGrady give ME a shout out blows my mind!  The fact that one of the best basketball players to ever play the game […]

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My First Workout with Coach Kevin Sutton!

May 19, 2011
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I pushed the door open and felt the cool air of night as I exited the gym.  Soaked with hard work from head to toe, I made my way to my car and thought about what Coach Kevin Sutton had said to me just days before when we met for the first time. Raising his […]

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

May 3, 2011
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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: […]

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I’m a Gym Rat (Again?)

January 25, 2011
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After a more than 12 year hiatus from joining any gym, this past Saturday I signed up and am now an official member of one of five new Orlando Magic Recreation Centers throughout Orange County, Florida. The Orlando Magic, as part of the new arena development, donated the funds which were used to build the […]

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Get Out and Move! (Appreciate Your Health)

December 9, 2010
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It’s sad that it seems to always take an injury for me to fully appreciate the part of me that is injured.

I suppose most people go through life the same way. We run, jump, run faster and jump higher and think nothing of it until a sickness or injury halts our movement. Then we WISH we could just run and jump, even a little.

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Christmas in October?

October 28, 2010
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The National Basketball Association or NBA as us hoopsters call it (haha) kicked off its regular season two nights ago and this year my feeling going into the basketball season is different. Actually how I feel about this NBA season is familiar, I just haven’t felt it in sometime. Over 20 years ago my then […]

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Being Great is SERIOUS Business!

October 26, 2010
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Prior to entering the financial arena 10 years ago, I interned and worked in the sports department for the local abc affiliate in Orlando, Florida for four and a half years.  This is just one story from my days in TV. The Chicago Bulls were in town (Orlando/1997) and going through the pregame warm-ups prior […]

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White Men I Can’t Jump (AND the book that WILL increase your vertical!)

September 7, 2010
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I’ve never dunked. The closest I ever came to throwing one down was repeated attempts in high school during gym class.  Each attempt thwarted by merely a few inches in jumping ability.  At the time, I could take a step or two and grab the rim with both hands, but I never could quite get […]

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Just because you CAN, does that mean you should?

September 3, 2010
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I can solve a Rubik’s Cube. A couple of years ago a buddy of mine, Karol Gajda, brought the 80s phenomenon over to my house and I kept it.  I would sit around on the couch in the evenings and work on it.  When my wife and I would travel somewhere and she drove, I […]

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