Lenny tells me that P.B. Rec's seen a who’s who of Southern California players. Swen Nater, who was a forward for the San Diego Clippers in the ’70s; all of Bill Walton’s kids; Jelani McCoy; Sean Rooks; Michael Cage; Mark Jackson; and a lot of NFL and ex-NFL players: Craig Whelihan, Steve Grogan, Freddie Jones, and Tony Banks.

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Pick-up basketball in Pacific Beach – no coaches, no whistles, no uniforms

The center of my heaven, P.B. Rec Center, is at the corner of Diamond and Gresham

Listen. I’m a basketball extremist. Maybe it’s the rhythmic, elastic whump (ring)s, whump (ring)s — thuds resounding echoing overtones — leading me into reverie every time, the odd expectant tempos, down the block, passing my ...

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