Fri Court #1
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6:30 PM 11th GRBC vs WCBA – Blue
11th Bull City Select vs WCBA – Hamrick White

7:45 PM 5th GRBC – Elliott vs GRBC – Hukins
10th GRBC vs WCBA – Hamrick
7th GRBC – Abdullah vs Durham Hurricanes
9:00 PM 9th GRBC – West vs Durham Hurricanes
9th GRBC – Faison vs WCBA Blue
8th GRBC – Thompson vs Royal Knights
Sat Court #1
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Court #3
8:30 AM 8th GRBC – Reed vs NC Flight
8th Durham Hurricanes vs Squires Richmond
6th GRBC – Debnam vs Carolina CrossOvers
9:45 AM 9th WCBA Blue vs GRBC – West
9th Durham Hurricanes vs GRBC – Faison
6th GRBC – Perkins vs Team DMV
11:00 AM 8th GRBC – Thompson vs WCBA – Blue
8th Royal Knights vs DWBA
7th Durham Hurricanes vs U-turn Elite
12:15 PM 9th GRBC – West vs NC Blazers
9th Durham Hurricanes vs WCBA Blue
7th GRBC – Parrish vs Team Felton
1:30 PM 8th Squires Richmond vs GRBC – Reed
8th WCBA – Blue vs DWBA
6th GRBC – Debnam vs Team DMV
2:45 PM 11th Cape Fear Elite vs GRBC
11th NC Blazers vs Bull City Select
6th Carolina CrossOvers vs GRBC – Perkins
4:00 PM 9th GRBC – Faison vs GRBC – West
8th NC Flight vs Durham Hurricanes
7th U-turn Elite vs GRBC – Abdullah
5:15 PM 8th DWBA vs GRBC – Thompson
8th Royal Knights vs WCBA – Blue
7th Team Felton vs Team Carolina
6:30 PM 9th NC Blazers vs GRBC – Faison
11th WCBA – Blue vs Cape Fear Elite
11th WCBA – Hamrick White vs NC Blazers
7:45 PM 7th 2A vs 3B
7th 2B vs 3A
8th NC Flight vs Squires Richmond
9:00 PM 11th 2A vs 3B
11th 2B vs 3A

Sun Court #1
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8:30 AM 10th 2A vs 3B
10th 2B vs 3A
8th 2A vs 3B
9:45 PM 6th 2nd vs 3rd
9th NC Blazers vs WCBA Blue
4th 2nd vs 3rd
11:00 AM 10th 1A vs 2B/3A Winner
10th 1B vs 2A/3B Winner
7th 1B vs 2A/3B Winner
12:15 AM 11th 1A vs 2B/3A Winner
11th 1B vs 2A/3B Winner
8th 1A vs 2B/3A Winner
1:30 PM 6th 1st vs 2/3 Winner
9th Durham Hurricanes vs NC Blazers
4th 1st vs 2/3 Winner
2:45 AM 10th Championship
11th Championship
7th Championship
4:00 PM

8th Championship

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Gym Site Information
6:30 PM 4th GRBC vs WCBA

7:45 PM 6th GRBC – Perkins vs GRBC – Debnam

#1 J.D. Lewis Center

9:00 PM 7th Team Carolina vs GRBC – Parrish

2245 Garner Road Raleigh NC 27610

Sat Court #4
Court #5

8:00 AM 5th Carolina Bulls vs GRBC – Elliott
10th Fay. Stars vs Cape Fear Elite
#2 J.D. Lewis Center

9:10 AM 5th GRBC – Hukins vs U-Turn Elite
10th NC Spurs vs Carolina Heat
2245 Garner Road Raleigh NC 27610

10:20 AM 4th Ral. Rockets vs GRBC
10th F.I.N.A.O Trojans vs GRBC

11:30 AM 4th WCBA vs U-Turn Elite
10th Fay. Stars vs NC Spurs
#3 Garner Road Community Center

12:40 PM 5th U-Turn Elite vs GRBC – Elliott
10th Carolina Heat vs Cape Fear Elite
2235 Garner Road Raleigh NC 27610

1:50 PM 5th GRBC – Hukins vs Carolina Bulls
10th WCBA – Hamrick vs F.I.N.A.O Trojans

3:00 PM 4th U-Turn Elite vs GRBC
10th Carolina Heat vs Fay. Stars
#4 Fletcher Academy

4:10 PM 4th WCBA vs Ral. Rockets
10th Cape Fear Elite vs NC Spurs
400 Cedarview Court Raleigh NC 27609

5:20 PM 5th Carolina Bulls vs U-Turn Elite
6th Team DMV vs Carolina CrossOvers

6:30 PM 4th Ral. Rockets vs U-Turn Elite
8th Durham Hurricanes vs GRBC – Reed
#5 Word of God Academy

7:40 PM

3000 Rock Quarry Road Raleigh NC 27610

Sun Court #4
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8:30 AM 8th 2B vs 3A

9:45 PM 5th 2nd vs 3rd

11:00 AM 7th 1A vs 2B/3A Winner

12:15 AM 8th 1B vs 2A/3B Winner

1:30 PM 5th 1st vs 2/3 Winner

Lebron James hate

By Marcus Shockley

At some point between the Nike ‘Witness’ marketing campaign and ‘The Decision’, there was a growing backlash against Lebron that culminated during his exit from Cleveland and became full-fledged Hatred for All Things Lebron and, by association, the Miami Heat.

For some reason, much of the sports media thinks that when Lebron and the Heat won the NBA title last season, that the hatred magically dissipated; it may have lessened it somewhat, but the joy people feel when Lebron and the Heat lose (most recently to the Pacers) proves that it’s still very real.

Recently, Shaquille O’Neal wondered why Lebron has so few endorsements when compared with other players, even in other sports. The answer should be obvious; too many people dislike him.

But upon closer inspection, it’s not obvious why so many people root against Lebron (Cleveland fans notwithstanding). He’s a bit arrogant, but so are a lot of really good players. He is a very good player, almost certainly a Hall of Famer barring anything derailing his career. When he left Cleveland, he was perfectly within his rights to do so, even if announcing it on a hour-long special wasn’t the best choice.

All Lebron has ever really done was be drafted #1 out of high school and become one of the best players in the league, garnering multiple MVP awards and winning a title. So why all of the hate?

Well, it actually has nothing to do with Lebron, and everything to do with the sports media.

See, when Lebron was in high school, the media fell in love with the “idea” of Lebron. Sports analysts have been telling fans that Lebron is the greatest player of all time before he even graduated high school.

There’s a funny thing about predictions, and I know this all too well as a scout. Once you make a prediction, it’s important to be right in order to be considered credible. No one is right all of the time, but listening to some scouts, talk show hosts and analysts you’d never know it. Once you stick your neck out with a prediction, you are vested in it being correct. It’s hard to be truly objective. Imagine the pressure of saying that a player who is still in high school will be better than MJ, Wilt or any other player who ever stepped on a basketball court.

The media bought into the idea of Lebron heavily and it oozed out of every comment, every play he made. They needed to be right about him, and they tried to convince us even before he’d made a single basket.

He’s always been an exceptional passing forward, but even on routine plays the analysts would gush. In James’ first season with the Cavs, during a national television broadcast, he tossed a three-foot pass to a cutting Carlos Boozer, who sliced through the lane and dunked over an opponent, but the color commentary was on Lebron’s ‘passing vision’, not Boozer’s movement without the ball or thunderous dunk. Not content to wait until Lebron proved himself, the media developed a habit of praising even the mundane aspects of his game. They were vested. They needed to be right about him.

And that has become the issue. When Michael Jordan dazzled the sports world with his play, no one needed to be told how amazing he was. We all saw. When Tiger Woods was destroying the PGA, everyone knew it without being reminded. No one ever doubted that Serena and Venus Williams were incredibly good. No one questioned if Wayne Gretzky was amazing. But even today, the media still constantly tells us how good Lebron is, as if we are all missing it. As if we, the great unwashed fans, have no idea what we are seeing. During game four against the Pacers, Lebron had a nice block on Paul George, who was falling to the floor while attempting to get a shot up, and color analyst Reggie Miller talked up Lebron’s block for a full five minutes, accompanied by replays of every possible angle. A few minutes later when George scored over Lebron and drew a foul, Miller uttered not a peep about his excellent play. Both were good plays. Neither deserved gushing commentary. Fans are well aware of what they are watching.

The reason people root against Lebron has very little to do with Lebron and a whole lot to do with overexposure, much in the same way that some entertainment stars become huge, seemingly appearing in 10 movies at once, then suddenly the public can’t take them anymore. Lebron hasn’t really done much to warrant the hatred; he doesn’t give bombastic interviews or change his name to Metta World Lebron. He plays hard. He passes well. He can play multiple positions. He’s legitimately won MVP several times. He won a title.

The media could help Lebron’s image a lot, not by talking about him more, not by praising him more, but by talking about him less. Let people just watch, and stop telling them how every play he makes is so astounding. Stop ignoring his mistakes (such as the fact that he travels with the ball – a lot) and when other players have a dominant performance (like Roy Hibbert), let’s heap praise on them as well, shall we? It’s not that Lebron isn’t great. It’s that the media wants to praise him for everything, not just the plays that deserve it.

There is plenty of Lebron’s game to praise – and a lot to like about him as a player – if the media would just pipe down and let it happen on its own.

Hey…didn’t the Heat used to have Wade and Bosh?
Lebron SI Cover