While he spends a week in NYC preparing for Saturday’s Jordan Classic, Patrick Patterson shares his thoughts with slamonline Click on the Jordan Brand logo at the top left of the slamonline homepage to read Patrick’s diary all week.

As told to Konate Primus

Today is finally here after much anticipation. I’ve been looking forward to this week all year since I first found out I was going to be on the team. I did some research on it and I get to meet Michael Jordan and shake his hand. He gives you a ring and we get to have dinner with him. So, I am very excited. As far as the game, I’m excited about that too, but I’ll talk about that later.

Today I woke up about 4:30 and drove to the airport, said bye to my family and went ahead and boarded the plane. The first plane went to Charlotte then we had a layover for about 45 minutes to our next plane. The next plane was much bigger than the first plane we got on. While we were getting ready for take off the pilot got on the speaker and said there was something wrong with the steering of the plane so we had to wait a while. We ended up waiting a whole extra 45 minutes before we took off so there was a lot of confusion this morning. When we landed this dude got hit in the head with his suitcase and he fell to the ground. He was rolling all on the floor for a good minute before he got up. It was kind of funny.

Man I’m so thrilled to be apart of the JBAAC! This is my first time in N.Y, and so far I haven’t seen much. When we left the airport I went straight to sleep in the cab and then I woke up we were in front of the hotel. I plan on seeing a lot of the city though. We have a lot of free time so I’m going to get out as much as I can and enjoy the city. Until tomorrow that’s all folks