Saturday mornings often find prodigious full-court games on this court tucked away in Del Rey Lagoon Park in a little-known part of L.A. But true lovers of the game understand the magic of having a court to yourself. You can do that here most weekday mornings or even on weekends in winter, especially when the coastal fog is so thick you can’t see one basket from the other. Flush the anxiety meds. Go shoot free throws, alone, blanketed in fog, to the sound of crashing surf. Or do it at night under a full moon. The court lies between Del Rey Lagoon (egrets, ducks, herons) and the last remaining beach foredunes in Los Angeles County, immediately adjacent to a lovely Little League park (great french fries). Bring your spouse and kids and let them play on the slides and swings in a new children’s park. FYI: If you’re looking for weekend pick-up, bring your A-game. A certain sandal-clad Laker head coach has been known to walk by heading to lunch at The Shack. 6660 Esplanade Place, Playa del Rey. (310) 396-1615. —Drex Heikes

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