first_imgLos Angeles is the center of the basketball universe this weekend, but L.A. has been a hotbed of basketball talent for decades. So many have made an impact on the basketball culture here over time, but there’s always a new group of players, coaches and others trying to leave their mark.With that in mind, the Southern California News Group identified a group of people who are among those shaping the state of basketball in the region, from high school to college to pro teams. Some of them have made an impact before, in different roles (or with different organizations), but that doesn’t make what they’re trying to do now any less important.What makes these people worth keeping an eye on now and in the years ahead? Click on their names to find out:PRO BASKETBALLMagic Johnson and Rob Pelinka NBA All-Star weekend: L.A. is already the center of the hoop world Lakers’ lone showing at NBA’s All-Star Weekend ends with Kyle Kuzma scoring 20 points in Rising Stars Challenge Heisler: NBA All-Star Game is too broken to fix, too big to drop For NBA All-Star Weekend, here’s our lineup of All-Southern California NBA All-Stars NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Come see if another man can fly … over a car Lawrence Frank and Jerry WestLonzo BallLou WilliamsCandace ParkerCOLLEGE BASKETBALLCori Close Jordan McLaughlinAaron HolidayHIGH SCHOOLSDoug MitchellShareef O’NealAndrea AquinoRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more