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Kevin Love
Ben Howland is out there, waiting
Ben Howland is out there, waiting

In a bleak Southland college basketball winter devoid of wow, it's the most startling of sights. Ben Howland, sitting in a Century City restaurant in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon, showing off a smartphone photo of him reading a book to his 2-year-old grandson Ben. "He really loves those pop-up books where the sharks and dinosaurs jump right off the pages," he says. "Pretty cool, huh?" Yeah, and pretty weird. UCLA is struggling to sneak into the NCAA tournament, USC has lost 26 of its last 29 conference games, and the most accomplished active college basketball coach in town is hanging out playing grandfather. His current resume includes three consecutive...