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Sports

LeBron James Returns To The Drew League and Dominates

For the first time in 11 years, LeBron James stepped on the floor of the Drew League and entertained a sold-out gym in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday. Having last played in LA’s famous Pro-Am league during the summer of 2011, watching the four-time NBA MVP and champion play during this time of the year was a rare sight. But all it took was an invite from Chicago Bulls All-Star DeMar DeRozan to change that.

DeRozan is beyond a regular in the Drew League; he’s essentially a staple, a walking tradition you expect but appreciate whenever you watch him in that environment. And by having his own team, the MMV Cheaters, the proud Compton, CA native is free to create competitive advantages and unforgettable moments like the one on Saturday.

The Drew League faithful was more than welcoming to James as he walked on the court to a loud ovation. Rocking his signature No. 6 and a pink colorway of his upcoming LeBron 20, the NBA’s second-highest all-time scorer was locked in from the start as he eventually dropped 42 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a 104-102 victory.

Whether before or during James’s performance, fans’ reactions to what occurred didn’t disappoint.

And it was easy to spot the look of amazement (or fear) players had guarding LeBron

Which players would you love to see play at Drew League, Dyckman Park, and other famous Pro-Am leagues across the country?

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Music

The D.O.C. Discusses “NFTs With Attitude” Project and Rap’s Generational Gap

Among the many quotes and beliefs that have existed in hip-hop, only fewer lived longer than “it’s a young man’s game.” And while it may be accurate due to the youth being the culture’s most active participants, a veteran and legend such as The D.O.C. often serve as a reminder of how the past can impact the present and future.

Alongside prolific videographer Matthew McDaniel, the proud West Coast duo has partnered with Hip Hop Archive and NFT Genius to release NFTs With Attitude. Consisting of 200+ hours of never been seen footage of legendary hip-hop group N.W.A. and South Los Angeles, the NFT collection offers fans a chance to get a greater glimpse at the times and environment that influenced their music and lives.

“Way before the music became popular, McDaniel had the vision to document what was happening around us,” D.O.C. said. “So he’s finally letting some of that footage go and the people who loved those guys [N.W.A] will see cool stuff.” Even in 2022, hip-hop is still adjusting to letting its legends and environments be seen more intimately. But given the success of various documentaries, podcasts, and biopics, NFTs offer another step in encouraging the culture to advance.

“It’s beautiful,” The D.O.C. said as he briefly overlooked the gloomy view of the Hudson River. “People don’t always see the behind-the-scenes stuff which ultimately brings us together.” A perspective like this is not only at hand when it comes to integrating NFTs in hip-hop but in another prominent area: Age.

While hip-hop sees its most active participants on the younger side of things, primarily because of the influence and power of the dollar, it doesn’t mean a generational gap should exist. NFT projects such as this D.O.C. and McDaniel-led endeavor provide all millennial and Generation Z rap fans the opportunity to initially learn or gain greater context about those before them and why their impact still exists.

“Our connection between this generation and my generation isn’t what it should be,” D.O.C. said. “But with all of these opportunities, numbers, etc., we should be to come together and win since there’s enough for everybody.”

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Music

Channel Tres Discusses Self-Care, Working With Tyler, The Creator, and More

The growing state of hip-hop has and is continuing to witness an evolution with its sounds, personalities, and acceptance of what’s “in.” And while specific genres and other areas of interest have either failed at the start of their new eras or lost steam throughout their run, hip-hop’s embracement of change sees no end to its success. Why? Because that’s where Channel Tres enters the picture.

Coming from Compton, CA, home of legendary hip-hop acts NWA and Kendrick Lamar, Tres doesn’t fit your picture of the “average” rapper from there.

Although he’s a talented MC who displayed his excellent songwriting and flows with Tyler, The Creator (their 2020 “fuego” collaboration is special), Tres’s magic comes in the form of blending hip-hop with bounce music and R&B; ultimately creating an experience where you have no choice but to dance or feel your emotions.

“I took self-care more seriously [throughout this pandemic],” Tres told me following his performance at Governors Ball. “Along with getting sober and losing weight, it was a great time for me to refresh and discover the things I wanted to work on in my life.” As Tres embarked on his journey for self-care, he built upon the momentum of his 2020 surprise mixtape, I Can’t Go Outside, and collaborations featuring Emotional Oranges and Terrace Martin by releasing new music this past March (the soulful seven-track instrumental EP, refresh).

ONE37pm had the chance to speak with Channel Tres about the importance of self-care, working with Tyler, The Creator, and what his most significant piece of life advice would be.

 

ONE37pm: When thinking about what’s happening with you this year, what was your biggest point of focus entering 2022?

Tres: To work out more, be more positive, and appreciate the moments I see my family. Of course, being able to be outside and travel is important too. But I’m also learning how to smell the flowers and enjoy myself.

ONE37pm: It’s been discussed– the impact this pandemic had on artists and their ability to make music. How did you initially handle it?

Tres: I had the chance to become a reflective person and see the things I wanted to work on in my life. It seemed like time was moving fast, and I was always on “go mode,” but I was able to slow down, and that time was precious for me. I saw what was happening in my mind for one of the first times in my life.

ONE37pm: Alongside releasing your own music, you’ve had some noteworthy collaborations (Tyler, The Creator, and Emotional Oranges). What did you learn most while working with them?

Tres: There are beautiful artists and cool people out there who are doing the same thing as me. It’s nice to know those people and have the chance to make music with them. I’m interested in collaborating with others and have some collaborations in the works.

ONE37pm: Last question for ya. What is your biggest piece of life advice?

Tres: I’m not qualified to give advice, but if I were qualified [laughs], I would say, “be yourself.” Do so without anyone’s opinions or filters on your thoughts, and find out what you like and stick to it.

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Sports Strength

Ryan Razooky Explains Basketball’s Ongoing Evolution

In 2022, basketball continues to see its boundaries get pushed to levels one couldn’t have expected before and basketball trainers like Ryan Razooky are among those doing the pushing. Based out of San Diego, California, Razooky isn’t your typical trainer who teaches the X and O’s or only cares about their social media following; instead, he’s genuinely invested in the game’s growth and how hoopers of the next generation will be prepared to handle it.

“As fun as it is to be flashy, everything comes back to consistency and efficiency,” Razooky said. “Regardless of what some people may call a ‘pro move’ or too ‘advanced’ for younger hoopers if I’m able to teach them that and they become ready for the next level, why not do it?” At his gym, The Hoop House, Razooky and his staff teach hundreds of players every week as well as some of the game’s biggest talents at any moment–namely, Mikey Williams (a five-star recruit in the Class of 2023) and NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler.

ONE37pm had the chance to connect with Razooky to discuss basketball’s latest evolution, how he built his gym, and what it takes to maintain a productive relationship with famous ballplayers.

ONE37pm: There are plenty of ways to properly invest in training players, but you were able to secure your own gym which is now known as The Hoop House. How did that happen?

Razooky: It took years to happen, but I’m blessed there was good timing involved. Before building The Hoop House, I trained people everywhere– YMCA’s, parks, and even their houses. At that time, things came together; a gentleman had reached out to me about the facility, and crazy enough, I had reached out to him about forming a partnership there three years ago.

I was on my way to Israel to train Johnny O’Bryant III (A 2014 second-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks) when that guy called me and asked if I wanted the facility. I immediately said yes, we had the paperwork drawn up, and I went on to redesign the whole place with the help of some good people.

ONE37pm: How realistic is it for a trainer to own a gym instead of renting out of different places?

Razooky: It’s realistic, but there’s a lot of challenges involved. If you want to build a gym out of a warehouse, you must ensure the ceiling is high enough for basketball action. After that, you have to be patient with exploring the market for a location and getting permission or permits from your landlord and the city.

But despite those challenges, I highly recommend every trainer to look into this. You will feel so empowered by having your gym, and the possibilities are endless for what you can do.

ONE37pm: Given who you train and what’s happening in today’s era of basketball, how do you teach players what’s necessary?

Razooky: For us at The Hoop House, it goes back to our blueprint. We want all players to be comfortable using both hands, drawing contact, and shooting the ball with good form. In my opinion, if you’re able to do those things, you can be a JV or varsity player in your freshman year of high school.

As our players get older, we want to provide them with more options to play with. Expanding a player’s move set and teaching them how to ultize the pick and roll and any other situations is essential before reaching the college and pro ranks. I say that because when they’re a college player or a pro, specialization is appropriate and makes sense.

ONE37pm: When looking back at your experiences working with known talents such as Mikey [Williams] and Jimmy [Butler], why has it been successful?

Razooky: There’s an old saying, ‘the number one quality is your availability.’ These guys are willing to work out at any time of the day, and for me to be available and consistent with my effort further enables their trust in me. Once that is established, our relationship blossoms because I’m well prepared with what I want to teach them and flexible enough to incorporate their wants and needs.

Your communication and availability will dictate your relationship with your players at the end of the day.