Wilson Evolution Basketball View

Wilson Evolution Basketball

The Wilson Evolution basketball delivers a fantastic blend of touch and durability and is an indoor, size 7 option. With laid-in channels, exclusive composite leather and an Advanced Micro Fibre Game ball cover, this indoor basketball provides top levels of grip and softness. It will retain air pressure well too for reliable and enjoyable play and practice.

Wilson Micro Basketball View

Wilson Micro Basketball

The Wilson micro basketball is designed for youngsters who are new to the game and is the perfect size to encourage them to have fun out on the courts. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, this basketball will suit and is lightweight with solid levels of grip so they can enjoy their playing time more. It comes with the NCAA logo on it and is made with a pressure lock bladder that ensures optimal air pressure in the ball.

Wilson Basketball England Reaction Pro Basketball View

Wilson Basketball England Reaction Pro Basketball

The Wilson Basketball England Reaction Pro Basketball is an excellent choice for practicing precise free throws, fast dribbling, and hand-to-hand pass. The ball boasts a quality Cushion Core carcass design to ensure softness, abrasion resistance and excellent playing characteristics like proper bounce and consistent shape. Additionally, the ball features Laid In channels to ensure increased gripability and confidence, whilst the pressure lock bladder reliably maintains optimal air pressure for longer, so it does not have be inflated so often, as well as to ensure superior playability.

Spalding Boston Celtics NBA Miniboard View

Spalding Boston Celtics NBA Miniboard

Have excellent fun cheering for your favourite team with the Spalding Boston Celtics NBA miniboard. Great as a gift, the miniboard has original team colours and features Spalding, Boston Celtics and NBA logos. It is perfect both for your home and office and ensures easy wall-mounting thanks to adhesive pads at the back. The miniboard is supplied with a mini Spalding basketball to let you shoot hoops while watching the game.

Spalding LA Lakers NBA Miniboard View

Spalding LA Lakers NBA Miniboard

Have fun and cheer for the Los Angeles Lakers in the comfort of your home with the Spalding LA Lakers NBA miniboard. Featuring LA Lakers, NBA and Spalding logos, the miniboard is a perfect addition to your office or kids’ bedroom and can be great as a gift for a true basketball lover. It comes complete with a mini Spalding basketball (size 1) and ensures easy mounting thanks to adhesive pads at the back.

Spalding NBA Heavy Duty Basketball Net View

Spalding NBA Heavy Duty Basketball Net

The Spalding NBA heavy duty basketball net is prepared for heavy duty use. The net fits any standard size rim and is suitable for indoor and outdoor conditions.

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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