Basketball courts

Company creates memories from basketball courts

CINCINNATI – How cool would it be to have a piece of your favorite basketball team’s basketball court? Like the one LeBron played in Cleveland to win the world title, for example.

A Cincinnati business is making this a reality.

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  • Artsman, a local Cincinnati company, is the only one of its kind to incorporate championship basketball courts and create personalized keepsakes for fans.
  • Chris Rose came up with the idea several years ago and it all started with the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship pitch.
  • Now, the company has more courts than it ever thought possible, including the Lakers, Virginia, Baylor, Kansas, North Carolina and the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Each court piece is custom-made to make unique keepsakes, including cufflinks, trays, bottle openers and even desks

In a warehouse full of pallets, it’s more than that. And not many people know it’s here in Cincinnati.

This is the infamous Lakers court.

Yes, that Lakers court – the one Kobe Bryant won five championships on.

“It’s a unicorn,” said Chris Rose, director of product development for Artsman. “This is a very rare, rare, rare court.”

Rose had the idea to bring basketball courts and turn them into memories many years ago.

And now he has more courts than he ever thought he would, including the Virginia National Championship Short, Baylor National Championship Short, Xavier’s Court, North Carolina, Kansas and the short of the 2016 NBA champion of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

And most recently, the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2021 NBA Champions Field.

But the pile of courts won’t stay that way for long.

“All of these piles here are the home ground of the Milwaukee Bucks,” Rose said. “All of this will be turned into a product in the next few months.”

Rose and her team determine which pieces of each lot they use to create something new.

“There’s a lot of art that goes into making these things, which is really amazing,” Rose said. “So we like to translate some of that art into the product to the best of our ability.”

From deconstructing the land to creating exhibits, everything is done in-house in their secure warehouse in Cincinnati.

“These are the guys who actually make some of the bases that some of our products will actually be used on,” Rose said.

From there, each piece of the land is built into a custom piece.

Rose’s business partner Kelly Smith said they make items in all price ranges.

“It gives people a reasonable price, it gives people something to hang on to,” Smith said.

From personalized trays to exhibition pieces, there is no limit to what Artsman creates.

For Rose, it’s a perfect room for her other business – a sports bar.

“We really wanted people to just come and experience it, eat it and be a part of it,” Rose said.