Hoops heaven? Here's why it's L.A.

Is Los Angeles the center of the basketball universe?

Originally Published: February 15, 2011
By David Schoenfield | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

Basketball, a sport invented in a YMCA gym in Massachusetts, grew its roots in the Midwest, became the city game on the concrete playgrounds of New York City, spread south to North Carolina with the help of a high school coach from Indiana, became Showtime in Los Angeles and reached new heights of popularity when a kid from Carolina starred in Chicago.

Indiana. New York City. North Carolina. Los Angeles. Chicago. The five basketball meccas have long intertwined: John Wooden's ...

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