By Bryan Gregory Sanders, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Travelers generally yearn for something new, but often something familiar in a new setting can be just as fulfilling. In Rio there are plenty of opportunities to get in on a game of football (soccer), as well as miles of beach volleyball courts - but sometimes there is no substitute for a game of hoops, whether 3-on-3 or full court 5-on-5.

Basketball lives and breathes (in pick-up games) on the local courts of Rio - where expatriates and travelers can mix it up with local Brazilian talent . . .

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