Basketball is one of the favorite sports in the Balkan region. You can find basketball courts almost anywhere you go, even in the most absurd places. Sometimes they are full courts, sometimes just the baskets, an improvised place for people to enjoy, but you can play basketball all around the region. I don’t know exactly why, but I feel immensely attracted to basketball courts in general, and the ones in the Balkans especially. Balkan Basketball always looks deserted and run-down, always radiates infinite melancholy, but always bears a promise. The courts tell stories about the people who have been there, about people’s wishes and dreams, fights over money and girls, winners and losers, children and grown-ups. And all these people like to hang out and play. Here’s a selection of photos of some of my favorite basketball places in the Balkan region:
Dubrovnik has this old town, and when you walk the city walls, you can peek inside the town and discover places that otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see. I found three basketball courts along the city walls. Of course you can find basketball courts outside the city walls, too. The courts in Bosnia and Serbia are a bit more shabby, as far as I can tell. They are more improvised. But I think they are beautiful. Here are places I found during my last vacation in Tuzla and Bijeljina, Bosnia, and two places in Serbia. They are both very close to where the trashbus lives.