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Spalding Portable Basketball System - 48" Polycarbonate Backboard


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  • 48-inch polycarbonate backboard w/board pad
  • Solid steel slam jam breakaway rim w/white all-weather net
  • Pro glide lift provides height adjustment from 7.5' - 10' in 6-inch increments
  • 37 gallon base fills with water or sand for stability, Once the poles are assembled they can not be disassembled
  • Five-year limited warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

Enjoy years of recreational basketball fun in your backyard with the Spalding residential portable basketball system (model 72354), which features a 37-gallon base that fills with water or sand for stability

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Enjoy years of recreational basketball fun in your backyard with the Spalding residential portable basketball system (model 72354), which features a 37-gallon base that fills with water or sand for stability. It offers a three-piece, 3.5-inch diameter silver pole and the Pro Glide lift system for easy height adjustment from 7.5 to 10 feet in 6-inch increments. It's matched with a 48-inch steel-framed poly-carbonate backboard, 5/8-inch solid steel Slam Jam breakaway rim, and an all-weather net.

Portable basketball systems depend on a base filled with sand or water for stability. Although it will take up more space than an in-ground system, the portable base rolls on wheels, allowing players to position the basketball system in the desired location (and also allowing storage in a garage). Simply assemble, fill the base and play today. There is no fussing with concrete.

Manufacturer's Warranty
5-year limited warranty



37 gallon base fills with water or sand for stability.


48-inch Acrylic backboard and Slam Jam breakaway rim.

About Spalding
As a Division of Russell Corporation, the Spalding Group consists of three business units: Spalding in Springfield, MA; American Athletic, Inc. (AAI) in Jefferson, IA; and Huffy Sports, in Sussex, WI. The three companies, collectively combined, are now the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world. Spalding is the official basketball supplier of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and the official football of the Arena Football League (AFL) and Pop Warner.

Amazon.com Basketball System Buying Guide
With the high-quality construction of many portable basketball systems, turning your driveway into a basketball court can be as simple as hooking up your garden hose. But while a portable system may ultimately be your best choice, there are reasons you may want to consider an in-ground or wall-mount system before you decide.

In-Ground Systems
In-ground systems are permanently cemented into the ground--either via a bolt mounting kit or directly into the ground--and are generally more rigid and take up less space than portables. In-ground systems often require that you hire a professional to complete the task, but when the cement dries you'll have a hoop that can take punishing dunks with ease.

Many in-ground systems are height-adjustable, include removable post features that let you take the system down for off-season storage, and feature heavy-duty break-away rims. You'll also want to research the adjustable mechanisms on the systems, as there are several types to choose from. Some feature a counter-balance spring that lets you perform easy, one-hand adjustments while others may feature a sturdy, pneumatic system.

Wall-Mount Systems
Wall-mount systems can be mounted to the side of a house, a tall retaining wall, or a garage. Generally sturdier than portables, wall-mounts have the added advantage of optimizing your existing ground space for the court, since you won't take any space up with the base or pole. Not all systems include the necessary hardware, so make certain you add a mounting kit to your list.

Portable Systems
Portable systems require minimal installation and offer ultimate convenience. These systems generally feature a base that can be filled with sand or water to stabilize them and include wheels for portability. Although they are not as sturdy as in-ground or wall-mounted hoops, portables are simple to set up and can often be folded for convenient storage.

Backboard Considerations
Regardless of which system you choose, you'll want to brush up on Backboards 101. Most residential systems feature backboards made of acrylic, fiberglass, graphite, or various other composite materials. While clear acrylic gives the professional look and feel of glass, it is not as rigid as fiberglass or graphite. Some systems may offer steel or aluminum backboards, which are virtually vandal resistant, but don't offer the true rebounding action.

The regulation size of an NBA backboard is 72 inches wide and 42 inches high. Most portable hoops are 42 or 44 inches wide and 36 inches tall. In-ground systems tend to be a bit larger, with 54-inch and 60-inch widths being the most popular. While rectangular shaped backboards provide more bank shot opportunities, they are generally more expensive than the streamlined fan-shaped board.


Product Details

Instruction Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 34.5 x 9.5 inches ; 95 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 97 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000H3AC7Q
  • Item model number: 72354
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

Overall it's a good basketball hoop.
HZ
The installation occurs in two phases connect the pole assembly to the base and then all parts of the backboard.
Hiep Vu
My son has been shooting hoops almost daily.
ed wang

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By J. Cahill on August 25, 2010
We purchased this for our son two Christmas's ago or 20 months. The backboard is thin, but worked fine for our 11 year old. He also had no trouble adjusting the height which was great. Moving it around was fairly easy when needed but it pretty much sat in the same place in the backyard. I remember it taking a couple hours to put together. We have enjoyed this basketball hoop....but...

The base of the basketball hoop started to crack about 5 months ago...not a problem then but when the ball would hit the base in the right spot, the base would crack a little more. Now it is cracked all around and doesn't hold water. We called the company and asked if we could purchase a new one last month. They sold us a new one for a little less than $50 but it is backlogged till November. We must not be the only ones with this problem. Our friends have the same hoop and they are getting cracks in it now, but not as bad as ours yet.

I love reading reviews and appreciate feedback when making a decision on a purchase. This was a good product for the price and we have got much enjoyment out of it. Maybe we just got a bad base and they had a bad mix of plastics. It should have lasted longer than it did and wanted to share that with others.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By nobodyishere on December 26, 2007
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I was a little disappointed, the backboard is pretty thin and the support bars that go from the pole to the plastic base and the screw-holes in the base themselves seem like they could easily break with time. I only paid $179 through Amazon directly, with no shipping charge . . . so for that price, I feel it was a good enough deal. If my son continues to play bball, I will upgrade to a much more study setup.

As for the directions, they were slightly confusing. It took me longer than most to put together, I did it all myself with no help (as a single mom), EXCEPT for when I attached the backboard, THAT step does take two people!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nick K on March 25, 2012
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I saw two meaningful reasons (beyond the superficial NBA logo) to pay a few extra bucks for this over the Lifetime 51550 Courtside Portable Basketball System with 48-Inch Shatterguard Backboard. First, the Spalding lowers to 7.5', the Lifetime only to 8' -- in fact, the only reason this is a 4-star instead of 3-star review. Second, Amazon says the Spalding has a 37-gallon base versus the Lifetime's 31-gallon base. However the instructions say it only holds 30 gallons of water. The Spalding box says 38 gallons, so who knows. The Lifetime's main advantage would appear to be that its "breakaway rim" is supported by two springs, the Spalding only one. Otherwise, the Spalding 72354 seems virtually identical to the Lifetime 51550. The height adjustment mechanism works in the exact same way (despite the lack of photos here on Amazon) and is easy to use. As other reviewers note, the polycarbonate backboard is thin but IMHO it works fine, especially at this price point, and it's better than plastic or acrylic.

The instructions aren't just poor but also inaccurate. I'd like to think I'm reasonably handy. I had all the tools -- a socket wrench is a huge time saver here. All told I probably spent 5-6 hours putting this together, generally by myself but with a little help from the wife and kids.

If you do purchase this, here are the inaccuracies I noticed in the instructions. Step 3 of section B tells you to attach the lower elevator tubes (that help raise and lower the hoop). The tubes have three holes, let's call them X, Y, and Z. X and Z are at the ends, and Y is about 1/3 of the way in the middle, closer to X than to Z.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By HZ on November 1, 2007
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Overall it's a good basketball hoop. The polycarbonate backboard is very thin but it's sturdy enough with the support of steel frame. It took me 4 hours to put together with some help from my 13 years old girl. Some sections of the instruction are confusing. Some figures are incorrect or not clear. Once it's up, it is fun to play with. I paid $169 including shipping - a good price.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ed wang on February 22, 2011
Spalding has extraordinary customer support. I bought a backboard system 4 years ago. My son has been shooting hoops almost daily. Lately there were some small cracks on the backboard. Bad luck, I thought. Still I tried to call them up and sent them email with pictures of receipts and the backboard at their suggestion --- they even showed me how to find/identify model numbers which I have lost. They immediately shipped out a replacement board by FedEx (to thousands of miles away in California). The whole thing took me less than 15 minutes. Hassle-free. I am very pleasantly surprised by their customer support staffs. They are, as they claim, "True To the Game".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Leinonen on September 9, 2008
The product was a bit tasky to assemble (no ways for the boys to do it on their own), but in the usage it has been excellent. Everybody can easily adjust the height of the basket due to the included spring.
The base keeps leaking water. So, probably sand filling is the only sustainable long term option.
All parts were part of the delivery and instructions relatively clear.
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