Here's what I came up with in a few minutes of fiddling. It's much more like what I "saw", i.e., what went through my mind as I tripped the shutter.
If you're curious, basically I increased contrast by a few different methods (contrast and clarity in Lightroom, partially masked "multiply" layer in Photoshop), allowing some of the shadows to go black. This is similar to what I might have gotten years ago by shooting Fuji Velvia slide film, under exposing to maximize saturation and highlight detail, and "cooking" the print a bit (mostly by filtration) to optimize the results.
To me, the dark shadow under the tree and the contrast of the drooping branch fit with the falling-down backboard and its scratched and worn surface. Gritty suburban disrepair? An overblown interpretation if taken literally, but maybe enjoyable if taken lightly.