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Must Hoop : Kalemegdan in Belgrade, Serbia

Looking for a place to hoop? Then you are in the right place. Welcome to Belgrade, Serbia the land of basketball. Welcome to the city where the winners are born. Welcome to the city of two fearless rivals, Crvena Zvezda and Partizan. Welcome to Kalemegdan, the cradle of Serbian basketball, and our featured “must hoop” basketball court.

The Historic Fortress with Two Basketball Areas
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The Beauty of Outdoor Basketball

A basketball in hand, the hoop in my sight, and the breeze of the day to carry me forward. Call it “The beauty of the outdoor basketball court”. You know that feeling when you shoot the ball and hear the “swish!” sound repeatedly? It truly is second to none, isn’t it? (first is hearing the same sound in NBA 2K). You feel like your favourite player on the outside court, you know, the Steph Currys, Lebron James, maybe even a Giannis for you lanky athletic people out there. When we are outside we have the complete freedom to leave out all there on the court (literally) time and time again.

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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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