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Los Angeles, not New York, is basketball capital of the world

LOS ANGELES — There are a couple of reasons to come here for a little junket at the beginning of January. Out the window is sunshine and blue skies as far as the eye can see. Step outside: ditch the jacket, it’s 70 degrees. Venice Beach hops with life and energy. The Ferris wheel is cranking over on Santa Monica pier. Surfers work the ocean waves. You can always get your fries, animal-style, at In-N-Out. But there is more, of course. Across this basketball winter there are plenty of fine stories playing themselves out in places like Philadelphia and Boston and Denver, where good teams allow for a respite from harsh weather. In Milwaukee, the Bucks were 31-5 through Friday’s games, a terrific show in so any ways. Billy Donovan h ...