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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.

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Spalding NBA Grip Control Indoor/Outdoor Basketball View

Spalding NBA Grip Control Indoor/Outdoor Basketball

The Spalding NBA Grip Control indoor/outdoor basketball is made from composite leather and provides superior game characteristics. Because of its high-end composite leather and the deeper pebble design the ball ensures improved grip and touch.

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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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Sure Shot 263 Ultra Heavy Duty Basketball Ring and Net Set View

Sure Shot 263 Ultra Heavy Duty Basketball Ring and Net Set

The Sure Shot 263 ultra heavy duty basketball ring and net set is designed to withstand all your perfect jump shots in all weather conditions. It has an 18" (45cm) solid powder coated steel ring that comes complete with a white 12 loop net. The set features a super-heavy backplate with a 5/8” (15mm) thick brace and a din 4 hole pattern. It is great for schools and public parks and weighs 6kg (13.2lbs).

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Spalding Dual Action Power Pump View

Spalding Dual Action Power Pump

The Spalding dual action power pump comes with an attached extension hose. The 12” pump fits all types of valves (includes two different sized needles) and pumps air by pushing and pulling action.

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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