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Spalding NBA Official Game Basketball
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- NBA Official Game Ball
- Full Grain Horween Leather Cover
- Official NBA Size and Weight
- Ball is updated with @NBA Twitter handle
- Designed for indoor play only
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Spalding NBA Official Game Ball Basketball, Full Grain Horween Leather Cover, atNBA added for the 2014-15 season. Spalding has been the Official Game Ball of the NBA since 1983. Adam Silver Commissioner.
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This ball out of the box shoots like a dream. Something about how this ball releases when you shoot it makes any shooter just smile. The ball lends itself to finesse shots with good rotation. By the way, I usually play a 3 or 4 position, but shoot pretty consistently outside the arc. There are little to no imperfections in the ball so dribbling is a dream too. The ball just goes where you bounce it.
It does take some breaking in. Right now, I play about 2-3 hours a day, 6 days a week and the ball isn't totally broken in yet after 1.5 months, BUT it keeps getting better every time I play with it. If you are used to the Wilson Evolution or the TF-1000, this ball may not be for you because the composites just have a crazy amount of grip (which leads to a lot of amateur ballers to carry so pick your poison). People don't call that stuff in pick up games anyways, BUT there is a reason why NBA players hate composite balls. I find the composite balls also don't dribble consistently because they have so much cushion to get that grip that they bounce too soft for a strong drive.
If you are used to playing with street balls or outdoor ball and can still handle/dribble a ball even when the ball is slightly slick, then you might like this ball right out of the box. The ball is slick at first but break it in and it plays like a dream. Composite get super slippery with the sweat on your hand, but leather balls get even grippier.
This ball is authentic, nice grip, great feel to the ball, bounces perfect and amazon shipped inflated in the original Spalding packaging.
I got the newest version of the ball where there's the @NBA to the left of the logo.
Would recommend anyone who loves the game of basketball to give this one a shot at least once in your balling career!
A little side-note first, I'm a long time Amazon customer since 2005 but this would be my first review ever because how happy I am with the product!)
Okay, Here goes! This is by far the best basketball that I've ever purchased...
I've been playing basketball for 13 year...during that period of time, I've owned more than 10 basketball just to name a few Spalding's TF-1000, neve-flat, zi/o, infusion...Molten's GM7 and a couple of Wilsons...
This ball has the nicest grip to it straight-out-of-the-box....not to mention all the reviews on how it gets even better after 3~6 month of proper break-in.
It is a little unfair to put the real deal against the ones that I've listed above, but if you are just like me, a person who never ever even have the thought of dropping $100+ on a basketball crossed your mind, do yourself a favor and pick this thing up.
I bought it because of the love I have for basketball and I believe that everyone who love basketball as much as I do should at least spoil themselves a little bit for once and pick up this genuine leather basketball. There's a reason why these are the official game ball of the NBA, lets show some respect to the creator of this awesome product and to the game itself.
*You know you have done something right when you crack a huge smile on your face the second you place your hand on one of these!
Update: I emailed Spalding and got this response. Personally I could tell immediately it was a little bit smaller and the leather was definitely slicker. I’ve updated my rating from 1 star to 3 because of the inconsistancy in size and feel of the two balls.
“UGO and UGR demonstrate a month difference in their production date. There should be no significant differences. Amazon and Dick's are both authorized retailers of this item. The same item is sold through both. There is a small tolerance on size for basketballs which should be at or close to 29.5 inches in circumference. It should not be noticeable.”
but after six month I can say, this ball is the real deal. just one advice, don't play with it outdoor "the ball was destroyed in six month time, the grip is gone completely, but when wet it still holds on the court. that is good in hot climate like UAE".
Another thing to add, don't get fooled by the comments and the first feel after unboxing. take it to the court play with it, and give it time to break. I absolutely loved playing with it for the entire short 6 months.
would I buy this ball again, if my team mates shift into an indoor court, I probably would.
PS. I tried the willson evolution lately and again that is another good ball as well. maybe I would try that one next.