Spalding NBA Official Game Ball Basketball

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  • Official game ball of the National Basketball Association
  • NBA size and weight
  • For indoor play only
  • About this item

    The Spalding NBA Official Game Ball Basketball has been an official game ball of the National Basketball Association and is therefore qualified to feature the NBA logo. This official size basketball has been used by NBA athletes since 1983 and is well-known for its performance and durability. It meets NBA weight and size standards and is designed for top-level indoor play. This Spalding basketball features a full-grain leather cover that provides optimum grip and feel. It is the perfect ball for those who love playing basketball because of its excellent performance and playability. You're you can also put it up on a shelf for display and have a favorite team sign it.

    Spalding NBA Official Game Ball Basketball:

    • Official game ball of the National Basketball Association
    • NBA size and weight
    • For indoor play only
    • Full-grain leather cover
    • Official size basketball to play with or collect to show

    Specifications

    Assembly Required: No
    Model No.: 74-233E
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.5
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.0 x 9.0 x 9.0
    Assembled in Country of Origin: Imported
    Origin of Components: Imported
    Walmart No.: 552278552
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    Customer Reviews | 17 reviews | 4.1 out of 5

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    Great product for the right players
    2/19/2011

    Customer review by PhilinGA

    5.0 stars by PhilinGA

    Seversal of the reviews I read were obviously quite uninformed and clearly not written by serious ballers. This is a unique product that requires months of break-in time only on an indoor wood hard court. Yes, the ball is slick out of the box prior to break in and feels hard. Further since it is less tacki it "feels" heavier that the new composite softer balls, but weighs exactly the same. This feeling is just a result of not being able to get quite as much grip with your fingertps making it feel heavier, but it's not. I find this ball very good to practice with as it takes better ball handling to keep control of it and it takes a little more effort to get the distance on perimeter shots. Therefore when I jump in a game and they're using the Evolution or the TF-1000 they feel easier to shoot and ball handle. This ball has the best sound on the floor and hitting the net by far and is softer on the rim with a missed shot and it seems to "get the roll" on more shots on the rim. The newer balls seem much "bouncier" and lively off of the rim deflecting more near misses away. I do carry 2 balls in my hoops bag; this one and the Wilson Evolution. The NBA ball is great in the summer as the humidity seems to soften it, but I use it year round and it gets better every day. I've had it for over a year now and it gets softer every month. By the way, not to make anyone jealous but the only reaon I bought it was they had 2 of them for $7.99 at my local Walmart one day. I saw that and bought them both. I gave one away to a high school kid I know and I kept this one. I've used saddle soap on it twice and if it's really cold and dry in the winter I wet the ball to soften it some. I'm thrilled I bought it, no composite ball can feel anything like it; it's the real deal...

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    PhilinGA
    Atlanta GA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Ownership:Longer than one year
    Gender:Male
    Age:45 - 54
    Usage:Every few days
    Be Aware
    1/26/2011

    Customer review by BTG88

    5.0 stars by BTG88

    Attention! If you are buying this ball, be aware that this is the official ball used in NBA games. However, the NBA breaks these balls in for 9 MONTHS before they are used in games. That is because the leather material is very slick and needs this break-in time before it performs appropriately. Think of a leather baseball glove. It is only at its best once it is thoroughly worn in. If you are not prepared to spend this amount of time, and want something good and playable right out of the box, then buy something else.

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    BTG88
    Saratoga, NY
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Ownership:3 - 4 months
    Gender:Male
    Age:35 - 44
    Usage:Once per week
    Best Basketball you Can Buy
    8/22/2012

    Customer review by TheMarksman

    5.0 stars by TheMarksman

    I have seen reviews of this product that say it takes months to break-in. This is crazy. I own 2 dozen of these balls. I buy and retire one every month. There is a "glaze" on the ball for about the first 45 minutes you use it. NBA game balls are used in warm-ups before games to remove this glaze. Then the home team's point guard selects the specific ball to be used in the game. It is then marked by the head official. The traditional mark is an "X" within the circle created by the ball in the "Jerry West Logo." There is no better ball out there PERIOD. As it says indoor use only. Even the rim will put nicks in it over time.

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    TheMarksman
    At Large-Dallas=Houston
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Ownership:Longer than one year
    Gender:Male
    Age:45 - 54
    Usage:Every day
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