The Top 10 Outdoor Basketball Courts in the World

There are basketball courts everywhere in the world, but there are a handful legendary with history going back 50-60 years and newer must play courts so memorable they have to be included. Courts of the World takes a shot at identifying the top 10 outdoor streetball basketball courts.

Pigalle in Paris France Has The Most Stylish Court
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Must Hoop : Titan Love Court in Manila, Philippines

Growing up as a kid loving the game of basketball, I got well acquainted with outdoor courts. Where I’m from, and many other places around the world, the playing courts are known as the locations for competitive competitions to take place. These competitions can mean and translate to much more than just a simple basketball game. They create a place for community and friendships, as well as present struggles such as adversity and hardships, that help build both physical and mental toughness. I have learned many great qualities from growing up on outdoor courts that still apply to my game today. And there are thousands of NBA players that also have the same testament.

Now, I have grown up and I’m currently playing professional basketball which has enabled me to travel around the world and see many different basketball courts and arenas.

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Coaching Amidst Global Pandemic

In this time of lockdowns and social distancing due to COVID-19, it has caused unprecedented change. While work and school have been shut down and moved to at-home, it has also impacted basketball players and coaches. Courts of the World talks to college coach Ryan Ansel about dealing with the abrupt end of his season and transitioning to online coaching.

Ansel Coaching In Person Before the Pandemic
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Meet the ‘Air’ Photographer of Basketball Courts Petra Leary

If you have ever seen a mesmerizing overhead photo of a basketball court, chances are one of them were taken by award winning photographer Petra Leary. Courts of the World talks to the New Zealand born aerial photographer about her passion for photography, background in playing hoops herself, favorite photos, and her best cities to shoot down on.

You have so many different targets for your aerial photography, but you have focused mostly on basketball courts. Why the interest?

Yea, you’re totally right about that! I like to change things up every now and then and am always down to take photos of new subjects. But the courts (Especially the Basketball Courts) are for sure my favourite! I’ve been asked a few times why and what it is that draws me to them, and I keep thinking if there is something else to it, but I really just put it down to the symmetry and geometry that comes with them.  

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