篮球 is pronounced Lánqiú (pinyin) or lahn cho. As one might expect, 篮 means basket, and 球 means ball. Our oldest did a week of basketball camp. I think in retrospect he is a tad young for it, but everyone is different. Also looking forward to the beginning of basketball in the Olympics. If you haven’t already seen it, there is a great time lapse video of the construction of the temporary stadium here.