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Boys' basketball: NBA lockout puts the focus on high school

November 17, 2011 | 10:36 am

When the high school basketball season begins in two weeks, the head coaches of the Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks figure to be frequent visitors to high school basketball games involving Santa Ana Mater Dei and Los Angeles Fairfax.

Mike Brown and Larry Drew have sons playing for the two schools, so they'll be getting to see lots of high school games while the NBA season continues to be on hold.

And former NBA guard Jason Hart takes over as the coach at Woodland Hills Taft, so if he happens to run into Brown or Drew, they can talk about old times.

With no NBA games, look for NBA players who live in Southern California to be making stops at their alma maters or at big games.

Also, FS West and Prime Ticket are almost certain to add prep basketball games from the Southern Section to their schedule with no NBA games to cover.

And those NBA beat writers who don't have anything to write about, I have a feeling they'll be hanging out at Mater Dei games this season.

-- Eric Sondheimer