Los Angeles is Basketball’s Secret Capital
And Venice Beach is the place to find the mega-city's hardcourt soul.
Los Angeles may be too many things. It’s an icon of extreme celebrity and wealth. It’s America’s flagship example of the modern city, simply oozing across the land. It is both the mecca of glossy cinematic fantasy and a big gritty real-world sprawl.
It’s easy to lose sight of any one thing. Maybe the city’s status as a global basketball capital–maybe the basketball capital–isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. And yet the case is strong.