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Spalding NBA Official Game Ball Basketball (2014)

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  • The original NBA official game ball returns as the Classic
  • Made from the finest full grain leather to provide exceptional feel and touch
  • Meets all stringent official size and weight specifications set by the NBA
  • Recommended for top-level competitive indoor play
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Product Description

Play with the same ball the Pros use! The Spalding Official NBA Indoor Leather 29.5 Mens Game Basketball is the same full grain leather ball used in NBA games. Used for indoor play only.

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About Spalding

A Division of Russell Brands, LLC, Spalding is the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world, and America's first baseball company. Spalding is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official baseball of the Little League World Series, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and of the "Pro Beach Series" and the official football of Pop Warner. In addition to being a leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the Dudley brand. The SPALDING and DUDLEY trademarks are owned by Russell Brands, LLC.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00178UAP4
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  • Item model number: 74-233T
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

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269 of 275 people found the following review helpful By I. Hernandez on January 6, 2009
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As an owner of many basketballs and always interested to add basketballs to my shooting rack, I finally dedicated some time and money to get the official NBA leather game ball and took time to break it in before properly reviewing it.

I must note that all the basketballs are at 8psi (which is the median of the nba psi standards of 7.5-8.5psi).

The official NBA Ball comes out of the box really slick. It feels cheap but not like a $10 rubber ball that you'd find at a toy store or the promotional balls you'd get from Pizza Hut years ago. A leather ball feels completely different from any ball a non-competitive player has played with. Most of us that play basketball for fun usually just played with any ball. Over time, recreational players get used to the feel these balls have and that's why they are quick to shoot down the NBA ball.

When I brought both NBA ball types to games (leather and composite), most players thought that the leather NBA ball was the ball that was rejected by the NBA players. They were so sure of it. On the flip side, they thought that the NBA composite ball was the current basketball used. Obviously they never played with anything of this grade and didn't know what a leather ball felt like.

Initially, the leather ball feels heavier as a reviewer said and takes a long time to break in. The best method of breaking it in for me was a two part process. 1. I got some leather conditioner, rubbed it with a rag and let it dry. 2. The next day I would go and shoot around with it for a few hours. Dribbling breaks it in and with this conditioner, it broke it at a faster rate. Now that it's broken in, it's an absolutely fantastic ball. Nothing comes close to it. The more you play with it, the better it feels.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Bubba Mcgee on February 28, 2009
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There's nothing greater than: " OK, that's 10, let's run". After wearing out two Spalding TF1000's (both were lost, or stolen...I can't remember) I was checking out the NBA ball. I knew about the slick feel, that it requires a lot of breaking in, that no one would want to play with it in the games. I even called Spalding and they told me that the NBA balls are pre-broken in for the pros. I figured "Hey, where I play there are always 2 or 3 fairly new TF 1000's around to use for "game" balls anyway". So.... I got my NBA leather ball, and yes no one wants to use it as "game" ball; however I do notice that between games when we are shooting around, that the "slickness" doesn't seem to effect anybody's shot. I just love shooting with it. I have noticed that in the summer I can palm it. Maybe it's just the humidity, in general, or the porosity of the leather absorbing humidity. Even in the winter if I've been playing and have worked up a good sweat, I find that I can palm it. So there may be something to the leather absorbing moisture thing. I've had mine almost a year, and to me it feels better and better all the time, yet still has never seen game action. I'll admit, it just does not have the tacky and soft feel of a new or not worn out TF1000.
Bottom line is: never use it outdoors, which is also true for the TF1000; don't expect anyone to want to use it for the "game" ball. Just get it if you love basketball, and appreciate the feel of it and how sounds as it drains in, or how it bounces off the rim. You won't wear it out. And I hope mine eventually breaks in to the point it will be used as "game" ball and if that happens I'll submit another review. Meanwhile. I'm glad I got my NBA leather ball. But I'm admitting that I am truly a basketball nut, so you gotta just decide for yourself if getting this ball is for you. I hope you found this helpful.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By jlaidley on February 24, 2009
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I first had the Official NBA ball back when I was 14 yrs old (30 now) and my family belonged to the YMCA and it lasted me about 6 years before it got a little warped when I had it in storage for 1 year. It should last a long time as long as you take care of it-- so no kicking the ball or leaving it sitting in your car exposed to the sun.

As a teenager I didn't really think about the differences-- since then, Wilson, Spalding and Baden all have similar "technologies" to increase the feel of the ball. I would venture that 99% of those reading reviews have never practiced with the NBA ball before (and if they have it might have been with a ball already broken in). Most will be disappointed with this ball out of the box because they are used to composite balls. The 3 major manufacturers are all battling for market share-- their goal is to get you to buy and keep buying their product. They do this 2 ways: #1: the feel of the ball out of the box. Most need instant gratification and most don't play 5 times a week and don't want to wait 5 months to break-in a ball. Composites "feel" good right out of the box-- they feel even better after 3 months of usage. #2: overall tackiness/sticky/soft technology. The stickier and the softer the ball the better a person can "handle" the ball which translates to better player performance. (a normal basketball shouldn't have "cushion" technology) Composite balls have identical weight and size to the NBA ball-- but the stickiness of the ball gives the user an "illusion" of being smaller since better grip makes you think the ball is smaller and lighter in your hand.

As other reviewers have noted this NBA ball will not make you or your shot better just because it's a $80-100 ball. You're paying for the genuine leather and "NBA" brand name.
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