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HBO's 'Ballers' heads to Los Angeles, where the story lines are oh-so Hollyweird

HBO's 'Ballers' heads to Los Angeles, where the story lines are oh-so Hollyweird

At one point in Sunday night’s season opener of HBO’s “Ballers,” lead sports agent Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) takes business partner Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry) to a spot below the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro.

Strasmore explains how this was the place where his older brother, a onetime USC quarterback headed for fame but derailed by the NCAA, ended his life with a tragic leap.

“That’s pretty heavy, even for me,” Krutel says, trying to break the tension. “And I learned how to cremate my wife on a do-it-yourself website.”

One man’s tragedy is another man’s opportunity for wisecracking relief.

That may have been the reliable rhythm in the...

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