Spalding NBA "The Beast" Portable Basketball System - 60" Glass Backboard
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- Residential portable basketball system adjusts from 7.5-Feet to 10-Feet
- Gray inset cover acts as a handle for pre-play movement and a re-bounder during play
- Two-piece, 5-Inch square angled pole system with screw in water level gauge base cap
- 60-Inch glass backboard, Pro Image breakaway basketball rim, all-weather white net
- 50+ Gallon capacity dual capacity base fills with water or sand for stability
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Enjoy years of recreational basketball fun in your backyard with The Beast
The Spalding "The Beast" 74560 Portable Basketball Hoop with 60 Inch Glass Backboard features a two piece, 5 Inch square angeled pole system with screw in water level gauge base cap, a 60 Inch tempered glass backboard, and the Pro Image breakaway basketball rim. The Spalding 74560 basketball system adjusts from 7.5 feet to 10 feet with an easy to use screw jack adjustment system and is easily portable using the multi-wheeled castors with engaging handle.
"The Beast" base is designed for security, mobility, and a better playing experience
- Four-strut pole/base mount allows for superior system rigidity.
- The multi-wheel design with castors and the engaging handle make this portable basketball system easier to move.
- 50+-gallon base fills with water or sand for stability and safety.
Gray inset cover acts as a handle for pre-play movement and a rebounder during play.
The four-point Z-arm board mount provides increased stability and goal reinforcement.
Pro Image breakaway rim provides pure bounces above and around the hoop.
Learn about the different types of backboard material:
Glass: the most professional and expensive of backboard materials. Glass provides the most bounce of backboard materials, allowing you to play like a pro.
Acrylic: with more bounce than polycarbonate but less bounce than glass, acrylic is a good material for players of all levels.
Polycarbonate: a durable and less expensive material with a bit less bounce than other materials. Polycarbonate is ideal for beginner or youth players.
Learn about the different types of Spalding 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.
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.
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.
Spalding®'s The Beast Tempered Glass 74560 60-in Portable Basketball System is sturdy and durable thanks to a 1/4-in tempered glass backboard with a heavy-duty steel frame trimmed in aluminum. The screwjack lift allows you to move the basket anywhere from 7.5 ft to 10 ft. This system also features a Pro-Image® breakaway rim and a 50-gal capacity dual ballast base.
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.
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Ordering: I ordered the Beast on Prime Day. Amazon was running a lightning deal for $799 which was a tremendous price for this system. However, I was cursed with the “failure to add to cart” error that many people had to deal with on Prime Day, so no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it added to the cart. When the deal expired, I decided to order a “like new” through Amazon Warehouse Deals for $989, and there was also 20% off Warehouse deals for Prime members, so the cost was actually slightly less than the new one for $799. In researching Warehouse deals, most seemed to just have packaging damage and were actually brand new.
This hoop is 300 plus pounds when delivered properly, so I should have know there would be problems when I got a UPS tracking number. When they arrived, I only received one box. There are supposed to be three, delivered together on a pallet. The box I got was only the plastic base. Obviously I contacted Amazon and they said I can return it and they will give me a refund. Wow – great!!! I tried to explain how I got it on sale and all they could do was tell me to reorder it new for full price, although they would give me $100 off.
I went back and forth with them for about two days before finally emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and got help from an executive account person. They said they would send me a new one due to the screw up and I was happy with that. However, this new one was shipped USPS (wrong again) and was listed as “damaged” on the day it was supposed to arrive. Great.
Amazon said they will send another one. This one was also sent via USPS, even though I tried several times to explain that this needed to be shipped with a freight company. The third one was sent with USPS numbers again (wrong again). Somehow, two of the three boxes showed up via UPS. Weird. I still however didn’t have the third box of steel poles and hardwares so I was still without a hoop. Had to contact Amazon again.
Eventually, after talking to both Amazon and Spalding, the third box with the poles arrived about a week later and almost a month after I placed the first order. Spalding was awesome with their customer service (more on this later) and very helpful.
Amazon has now changed their listing for this item to include “scheduled delivery” which is correct. Be very careful if you get any USPS and UPS tracking numbers when purchasing the Beast as you do NOT want to go through what I did. Amazon did eventually make everything right and so I do thank them and the executive account person for that. I really appreciated their customer service in this regard. They were very helpful and I will remain a loyal Amazon customer because of this even with the difficulty of delivery.
Installation: I was very worried about connecting the poles together as I had read this was horrible. You will definitely need two strong people. I attempted it once by myself and still have a bruise on my leg to show for it. I almost shattered an outdoor table. Before putting the poles together, I did file down the inside of the bigger, top pole. The corners had some welding “residue” and I wanted to get rid of anything that may cause a problem. I also used WD40 as suggested by many others.
When putting the poles together, it took about five drops of the pole by my neighbor and I before it was set about four and a half inches, which was perfect.
There was an extra nut put onto the pre-manufactured metal base where the pole was attached. I did not see this and put the pole on, then noticed it was not straight. I ended up having to take it off and then remove the nut so the pole fit properly. Quality control issue from Spalding there.
The lower braces were pretty easy for me to get attached to the pole. No real problems lining them up.
The backboard was a big issue but only because I think I received improper elevator arms. The distance on the backboard between the two elevator arm locations is 22 inches across. When I measured across the elevator arms, they only between 19-21 inches. That didn’t make sense. I ended up having to bend them out to fit properly, and even with that it was VERY tight. I did call Spalding after it was completed (built over the weekend so had to wait until Monday to call) and they offered to send new elevator arms.
Once the backboard was attached, I tried to add as much sand as I could. It is so much easier to add sand if it is DRY. Somehow find a way to make it dry. The bags hold too much moisture and it clumps when putting it in. Once you have enough sand it, it is pretty easy to push the whole system back to upright. I wish they could design a better way to get the sand into the system.
When completed, the backboard was about a half inch off level. Spalding is sending a bracket to solve this issue. If that doesn’t work, they said they will send new elevator arms. This is probably caused by the issue I talked about earlier.
The nuts on the rim do loosen a lot so I may go and try to replace those with ones from a hardware store.
One note after talking to Spalding: the manual says not to tighten the nuts on the elevator arm bolts more than flush, but the guy said you can tighten further as long as it doesn’t cause the raising and lowering of the arms to be more difficult. When they were flush, the backboard rattled more. When I tightened further, it seemed to improve sturdiness.
Installation was not “easy” by any stretch but now that I know what to expect, I could do it again a lot easier.
Performance: I am overall happy with the performance. I have a neighbor that has a silverback in-ground system with a four inch pole. I counted in my head how long the backboard and rim shook after typical contact with a shot and I counted about 10-14 seconds. For the beast, I counted typically between 3-5 seconds. So the system is definitely better than the four inch pole. I have a friend that has a goalrilla in-ground system and that one doesn’t shake pretty much at all. So the Beast isn’t perfect in this respect but for what I paid, I am very happy. I will try to include a video into this review if I can get it uploaded.
The appearance is great and it looks much better than any other portable hoop that I’ve ever seen.
Added: Spalding did send me new elevator arms that fit like they were supposed to. If for some reason your elevator arms aren’t wide enough, let Spalding know and they will take care of it.
First the assembly:
I still remember it like it was yesterday day because it was tough. You need to know the beast is a beast to assemble. I think the main reason why its tough is because its SOOOOOOO heavy and well put together. Its best to have two strong people to put it together. Take your time and read the directions. Double check, then check again to make sure everything is facing the correct way. It will be hard to get some rods threw the holes. Again its a sturdy tight goal so expect to work to get everything lined up.
If you are like me you probably couldn't have a in ground basketball goal in the front of your house so you needed a portable Basketball system. The Beast will meet your needs. I would be lying if I said it was super portable. At nine my son couldn't easily move this goal, even without the water or sand. Add water/sand and its very heavy (I read somewhere 600+ pounds which seem correct). I don't see kids moving this goal. However its surprising easy to move given the weight for teenagers and adults. I was especially impressed with the dolly-like hitch system and how you can easily get this goal in just the right spot. After 6 years this system still works surprisingly well.
This is where the goal shines. Originally I just wanted something that would last and not be destroyed. However once I started playing on it I was spoiled. First the play on the backboard is very good. its not hardwood, NBA good but it far superior the the average blacktop goal. There is some slight movement with some backboard shots but it doesn't continue to move. The transfer of energy is superb. Its surprising how well it has been engineered. The breakaway rim is surprisingly robust as well. I've never replaced the rim in six years. Now I'm not saying I hang on the rim everyday but when I was younger I would lower it a bit to re-live my glory days. The instructions say to not hang on the rim but if you have the base full and its tethered, it can support a +200 pound man. After six years of play its still as tight as ever.
Things that break:
Its a man made product so of course there are things that break.
1) first thing that broke for me where the water gauges which allowed water to evaporate faster than I thought it should. Basically if you use water you will have to add water ever few weeks.
2) I don't know if it was the kids standing on it to adjust the goal or it being backed into and hit by the cars but after 4 years the base started leaking water. My solution was to use sand. If I had to do it all again I would have started with sand rather than water.
3) If the goal falls the backboard will break. I was upset when my mother in law back into the goal and knocked it down causing the glass to shatter. Knowing this information now I would advise people to:
a) lower the goal all the way down when moving it.
b) be careful when bending it over to put up. Like in a garage.
c) don't let children move it around. I think its too heavy for kids to move and I would be concern about them being seriously injured if it fell on them.
d) if you are going to be slamming on the goal (playing above the rim...independent of the height ;0) ) make sure the base is full of sand/water and it is tethered to the ground.
The good news is that you can call spalding and order a new backboard. it cost about 300$ 4 years ago. Again the backboard is not easily broken while standing, energy transfer is exceptional but if the backboard hits the ground with any force it will shatter.
4) top two bolts that hold the rim. This might have been caused by playing above the rim...:) but I had to replace these two bolts as the threads got stripped after a few years of play. I got longer bolts and added additionally washers behind the rim and I haven't had a issue since.
When I put this goal together I had myself, my nine year old son, and my wife. At times during the assembly I was close to tears. It cost so much and was so much work, I couldn't see how it would be worth all the effort. 6 years later this is one of the best, if not the best purchases I have ever made. I've had six years of horse, 21, one on one, one on two, practice, and random shots. As my son grew so did the goal. It truly has withstood the test of time. Threw rain, hail, snow, wind, its still standing and going strong. It still raises and lowers with the same relative easy as when I first purchased it. If its get a little sticky I just spray a little WD-40 and off it goes. Looking forward to many more years of use. Now I'm off to humble a 15 year boy...again. Thanks "The Beast".
Spalding customer service is great. The glass shattered but stayed in place after about 11 months of use. Spalding replaced glass under warranty (5 years) and shipped new glass within 4 days. Make sure the nuts and bolts are always tight on the rims.