Title: Like Shooting It Into An Ocean
Photographer: Brandon Bombay
Description: Hong Kong, Main Island, Pok Fu Lam (off Victoria Road). Mainly a neighborhood filled with locals, so not many ex-pats means not many good runs. A gorgeous court deserving of better competition.
Date: October, 2010
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Title: Like Shooting It Into An Ocean

Photographer: Brandon Bombay

Description: Hong Kong, Main Island, Pok Fu Lam (off Victoria Road). Mainly a neighborhood filled with locals, so not many ex-pats means not many good runs. A gorgeous court deserving of better competition.

Date: October, 2010

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Photographer: Mike S
Description:  So the first time I came up here on business, my boss was like “Oh, I have to let everyone know I can’t play basketball at lunch today…”  I was all like “Whaaaaa????”
So turns out the Rockwell Automation building in Milwaukee has a basketball court in it.  Way back in the 40s/50s/60s, there was a Industrial Basketball league where like all the manufacturing companies in Milwaukee played each other.  Each team had it’s own home court and Rockwell’s was up on 7th floor of the building.
As you can see in the pic, it’s pretty big and baller.  People play on their lunch during the week and there is an intercompany league.  From the info I gathered, there is still some sort of Manufacturing League, but couldn’t figure out if Rockwell has a team and if they use it as their home court.
So yeah, two things.  It’s pretty boss to have a basketball court at your work to have a nice lunch run… and the idea of like a little city league where old school manufacturing dudes played each other? That’s rules.
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Photographer: Mike S

Description:  So the first time I came up here on business, my boss was like “Oh, I have to let everyone know I can’t play basketball at lunch today…”  I was all like “Whaaaaa????”

So turns out the Rockwell Automation building in Milwaukee has a basketball court in it.  Way back in the 40s/50s/60s, there was a Industrial Basketball league where like all the manufacturing companies in Milwaukee played each other.  Each team had it’s own home court and Rockwell’s was up on 7th floor of the building.

As you can see in the pic, it’s pretty big and baller.  People play on their lunch during the week and there is an intercompany league.  From the info I gathered, there is still some sort of Manufacturing League, but couldn’t figure out if Rockwell has a team and if they use it as their home court.

So yeah, two things.  It’s pretty boss to have a basketball court at your work to have a nice lunch run… and the idea of like a little city league where old school manufacturing dudes played each other? That’s rules.

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Photographer: Amin Vafa

Description for first photo: Here’s a picture of a basketball court I saw walking around Dakar, Senegal. I was there for a work trip at the end of September/beginning of October, and my colleagues and I went walking around the city and coastline on the weekend. We saw a few monuments, but this was definitely one of my favorite things I saw. Basketball is pretty popular in Senegal (I saw plenty of NBA gear as I was walking around), but wrestling (MMA-style) and soccer still rank slightly ahead in participation. I think this court was nestled between one of the poorer neighborhoods and one of the richer neighborhoods. I think the date was Sept 29, 2012. Also please note that the baskets are weighed down by buckets full of rocks.

Description for second photo: It’s a court at a boarding school (in Senegal), I think. You can see a playground in the background, too.

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 I love this basketball court. It is in the neighborhood just beside my own in Buffalo — a neighborhood called Black Rock. From one angle, you can see many trees lining a beautiful river that bike paths follow in parallel. From another, there are wonderfully graffiti-ed buildings and the dual steeples of a Catholic church.
Just behind the court (and not shown in the drawing) is a hill that leads to Buffalo’s largest grocery store (Wegmans). The hill barely keeps the store at bay from becoming a complete eyesore, and it lends the court an air of secrecy and privacy. Buffalo has many other basketball courts displayed more prominently in its larger parks that people use far more. This one remains my favorite if only because it is a hidden gem that seems to only be used by the residents of the Black Rock neighborhood.
On a note only somewhat related to this actual court, if you look closely at the backboard, the word “bcuz” is spray painted there. Someone (or a group of someones) go around Buffalo and graffiti stuff with this word and sometimes with a few words like “bcuz I don’t care about your guardrail.” The idea being they are spray painting stuff just for the sake of spray painting stuff. I happen to love it, and one can find that graffiti almost everywhere.
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 Buy a canvas print of this drawing.

 I love this basketball court. It is in the neighborhood just beside my own in Buffalo — a neighborhood called Black Rock. From one angle, you can see many trees lining a beautiful river that bike paths follow in parallel. From another, there are wonderfully graffiti-ed buildings and the dual steeples of a Catholic church.

Just behind the court (and not shown in the drawing) is a hill that leads to Buffalo’s largest grocery store (Wegmans). The hill barely keeps the store at bay from becoming a complete eyesore, and it lends the court an air of secrecy and privacy. Buffalo has many other basketball courts displayed more prominently in its larger parks that people use far more. This one remains my favorite if only because it is a hidden gem that seems to only be used by the residents of the Black Rock neighborhood.

On a note only somewhat related to this actual court, if you look closely at the backboard, the word “bcuz” is spray painted there. Someone (or a group of someones) go around Buffalo and graffiti stuff with this word and sometimes with a few words like “bcuz I don’t care about your guardrail.” The idea being they are spray painting stuff just for the sake of spray painting stuff. I happen to love it, and one can find that graffiti almost everywhere.

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 Buy a canvas print of this drawing.

It is late while I write this, and I suppose that is partially because I want it to reach all the late-night weirdos first. The kind of people who stay awake at odd, fuzzy hours just to share basketball memes on Twitter. The kind of people who have too many ideas spinning through their non-stop brains to sleep even when they know it would be better for them to just call it a night. I think this project would appeal to those kinds of people. Most possibly you.
I am putting together a project for basketball lovers who want to share in a group experience. It is a project for people want to be connected in the best ways the Internet connects people. It is a project for people who want to share their individualism while reiterating on a shared theme.
The idea is fairly simple. I am collecting images — specifically images of basketball courts. These images can be photographs. These images can be original drawings. The only limiting factor is that they must mainly portray a basketball court of some kind. Especially if it’s some random, locally-loved court in your neighborhood. I really want those.
Like the best mass-collaborations in the world, it is an idea that is easy on the contributors. Just go to a favorite basketball court or two, snap or draw a picture (admittedly, drawing takes more time than snapping), and send it to me with a few short lines of information that I will include at the bottom of this post. I will then use all the images I receive to build a collection.
Hopefully a large collection.
Hopefully a diverse collection.
Hopefully it will connect us. We can share our community pride. We can share our love of art. We can share our love of basketball — and not just NBA basketball like we celebrate (and honestly make fun of quite often) on this blog. The kind of basketball people play just for fun. The kind of courts that every so often are the basketball homes to random kids who grow up and really do join the NBA.
I implore anyone who reads this to email me at kal@igohardnow.com (alternatively, our Twitter handle is @igohardnow and share an image of a basketball court (or two or three) near where you live. And then I implore you to share this link with someone else you know and ask that person to do the same. You don’t have to be a professional artist or photographer. You just have to go out there, take a picture, and share what your stomping grounds are like.
And when you do email me, make sure you also include the following information:
-A title for the photo and short description of the location/neighborhood
-Date when the photo was taken/drawn
-How you would like to be credited for the contribution in the post (IE: names to be used and places to be linked)

It is late while I write this, and I suppose that is partially because I want it to reach all the late-night weirdos first. The kind of people who stay awake at odd, fuzzy hours just to share basketball memes on Twitter. The kind of people who have too many ideas spinning through their non-stop brains to sleep even when they know it would be better for them to just call it a night. I think this project would appeal to those kinds of people. Most possibly you.

I am putting together a project for basketball lovers who want to share in a group experience. It is a project for people want to be connected in the best ways the Internet connects people. It is a project for people who want to share their individualism while reiterating on a shared theme.

The idea is fairly simple. I am collecting images — specifically images of basketball courts. These images can be photographs. These images can be original drawings. The only limiting factor is that they must mainly portray a basketball court of some kind. Especially if it’s some random, locally-loved court in your neighborhood. I really want those.

Like the best mass-collaborations in the world, it is an idea that is easy on the contributors. Just go to a favorite basketball court or two, snap or draw a picture (admittedly, drawing takes more time than snapping), and send it to me with a few short lines of information that I will include at the bottom of this post. I will then use all the images I receive to build a collection.

Hopefully a large collection.

Hopefully a diverse collection.

Hopefully it will connect us. We can share our community pride. We can share our love of art. We can share our love of basketball — and not just NBA basketball like we celebrate (and honestly make fun of quite often) on this blog. The kind of basketball people play just for fun. The kind of courts that every so often are the basketball homes to random kids who grow up and really do join the NBA.

I implore anyone who reads this to email me at kal@igohardnow.com (alternatively, our Twitter handle is @igohardnow and share an image of a basketball court (or two or three) near where you live. And then I implore you to share this link with someone else you know and ask that person to do the same. You don’t have to be a professional artist or photographer. You just have to go out there, take a picture, and share what your stomping grounds are like.

And when you do email me, make sure you also include the following information:

-A title for the photo and short description of the location/neighborhood
-Date when the photo was taken/drawn
-How you would like to be credited for the contribution in the post (IE: names to be used and places to be linked)