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Spalding NBA 3 lb. Trainer Weighted Basketball View

Spalding NBA 3 lb. Trainer Weighted Basketball

The Spalding NBA 3 lb. Trainer Weighted basketball weighs twice as much as traditional basketballs and is perfect for training purposes. It has been made from exclusive composite leather which makes it suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use. The ball features the authentic grip and is not suitable as a match ball.

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Wilson NCAA Pro Mini Hoop View

Wilson NCAA Pro Mini Hoop

The Wilson NCAA Pro mini hoop is designed for fast basketball play in any room of the house. It features a 28cm (11’’) x 38cm (15’’) clear polycarbonate shatter-proof backboard and a durable 9” (23cm) rim made of steel. The mini hoop is suitable for children and adults alike and ensures quick and easy assembly and mounting over the door. It is great for practising shots without having to leave your room and offers foam padded door brackets that prevent scuffing and damaging your doorway. Plus, this lightweight (1.2kg) mini hoop comes complete with a 4.5” (11.4cm) rubber basketball and has NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and Wilson logos on the sides.

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Spalding NBA Logoman Miniboard View

Spalding NBA Logoman Miniboard

Perfect for office or children’s room, the Spalding NBA logoman miniboard is a must for true basketball fans who like to improve their shooting form and have excellent fun with family and friends. Adorned with the NBA logo, the board is great as a gift for basketball lovers and comes with a mini Spalding basketball to let you become a better shooter when watching the game. The board ensures easy mounting to most surfaces thanks to adhesive pads at the back.

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Spalding NBA Silver Outdoor Basketball - Core View

Spalding NBA Silver Outdoor Basketball - Core

Great for an outdoor casual performance with friends and family, the Spalding NBA Silver outdoor core basketball ensuring comfortable passing, dribbling, and shoots thanks to the rubber cover, which also withstands any outdoor surface effectively. The ball provides a great bounce and feel when in hands, as well as all the necessary game characteristics required for a fun, entertaining game a basketball.

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Wilson Evolution Game Basketball View

Wilson Evolution Game Basketball

A great choice for those who want to develop their skills, the Wilson Evolution Game basketball is constructed with a patented cushion core carcass making it soft to touch and easier to grip. This size 7 basketball is perfect for high schools and sport centres and offers a moisture-wicking Premium Evo Microfiber composite cover for a combination of grip and durability. It is designed for indoor use and ensures unparalleled ball control thanks to laid-in channels. Plus, the ball is approved for play by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

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Molten Hand Pump View

Molten Hand Pump

The Molten hand pump is a high quality pump which is suitable for sports balls. It is compact and easy to transport and features a flexible hose to avoid breaking the needle.

Basketball Equipment

The sport of basketball is unique in that it was invented by one person, Chaplain James Naismith.


In 1891, whilst working at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA Training School, Naismith was tasked with finding a game that could be played inside during the severe winters.  It needed to be played in a small gym and to keep the school’s (American) football team fit.


The first game was played with a soccer ball, peach baskets were used as goals and there were thirteen rules.


Women's basketball began just a year later when Senda Berenson, a physical education teacher at Smith College modified Naismith's rules for women.


The game created quite a buzz keen sports people soon flocked to Springfield to learn the game.  Also, owing to the YMCA’s extensive network, basketball soon spread across the USA and was introduced in many nations from 1893.  The first professional league – the National Basketball League – was formed in the USA in 1898.  The game’s rapid rise saw it first played at the Olympics in 1936 (Berlin).


In 1959 The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was opened on the site of the first ever game. 


Today global regulations for courts and equipment are pretty tight to ensure a consistent experience for players everywhere.  The sanctioning body for the sport is the International Basketball Association (FIBA).


For example for upper levels of competition, the backboard must be 1,050mm high and 1,800mm wide, made of clear safety glass and outlined in white and the rim opening needs to be in 457mm diameter.


Basketball balls are round and either all orange or two- tone orange and brown.  Both eight and 12 seams of 6.35mm in width or less are permitted.  To be game ready the ball needs to bounce up to between 1,200 and 1,400mm when dropped from a height of 1,800mm.


Men’s basketball balls are between 749 and 780mm in circumference and weigh between 567 and 650g, this size is most commonly referred to as size seven.  For women the ball is smaller and lighter; between 724 and 737mm in circumference and 510 and 567g in weight (size six).


While serious sports fans will follow their own leagues and teams, the team that brought the game into the hearts of a wider audience is the Harlem Globetrotters.  Founded in 1927 the Globetrotters are an exhibition team performing trick shots and clever sequences, theatre and comedy, to audiences the world over.


And the man who has inspired the most people from the game is undoubtedly Michael Jordan.  He led the US teams to Olympic Gold victory in 1984 and 1992, his record score of 5,987 remains unbroken in the NBA and his spirited comebacks in the NBA league have made him a sporting legend.

 

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