home court advantage

Home Court Advantage, Roots of the Game

designer, author, photographer


“I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place—deep in the Wisconsin woods an old barrel hoop nailed to a tree, or a weather-beaten shed on the Mexican border with a rusty iron hoop nailed to one end.”

— Dr. James Naismith

Home Court Advantage captures basketball’s simple beauty through photographs of America’s countryside courts by photographer/designer Kelly Ludwig and passages from some of the game’s greatest names. Introduction by Blair Kerkhoff, sports editor for the Kansas City Star.

Yep – it’s mine! I was a terrible basketball player, but love the game. This book is a tribute to my dad, who was also my coach, and loved me despite my inability to shoot…a basketball. So, I picked up a camera instead.