Ball Don't Lie Objects/Places
Lincoln Rec is a municipal gymnasium in East L.A. that is the focal point for much of the novel. It doubles as a basketball court and homeless shelter that attracts a wide variety of characters from the 'hood to indulge in their love for hoops. It is a paradise of sorts for these men, who love coming there despite its shabby appearance, because it is the only place where they have any control in their lives. As the author writes of its patrons: "No matter who they are, or why they come, every one of them squints their eyes when they step foot out of the dark gym and back into the bright world that waits outside."
Venice is the town near Los Angeles where Sticky lives in foster care during the main narrative arc around the time of his seventeenth birthday. He plays basketball for the Venice High School...