Lisa Leslie
PASSINGS: Joe Clarke, Ronald Searle
PASSINGS: Joe Clarke, Ronald Searle

Joe ClarkeYouth basketball icon in Los AngelesJoe Clarke, 75, a youth basketball icon in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years who founded the Watts Magicians travel team and helped dozens of boys and girls try to reach their basketball dreams on and off the court, died Thursday at Lakewood Regional Medical Center after an illness, according to family friend Ronald Scipio.Born in Panama on Jan. 11, 1936, Clarke teamed with Willie Naulls to create the South-Central L.A. Athletic Club, which evolved into the Watts Magicians travel team. It became an outlet and opportunity for young boys and girls to play basketball.Among the players who went through the program were Cedric Ceballos,...