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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The Spalding® NBA® Official Game Basketball has been the official game ball of the NBA® since 1983. This indoor basketball features a full-grain leather cover that provides exceptional feel and touch, setting the standard for ultimate performance and playability.
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.See all Product description
Legal DisclaimerPlay 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. Recommended for males 12+
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If you want a ball that is game ready out of the box, then the TF1000 is probably a better choice for you. It feels great right away, almost always gets chosen as the game ball during pick-up games, and costs less. The grip and feel however does degrade over time.
In contrast, the official ball takes forever to break-in (depending how often you play), but gets better over time. For me, it took a couple of years, but I don’t play in a gym as often. Put some Lexol on it (leather conditioner), and just keep playing. In the 10+ years I’ve owned the ball, only once has it been chosen as a game ball… lol. Mind you, this was after it was broken-in already. You have almost zero chance of it getting chosen as a game ball out of the box. I guess people are not used to the feel of a leather ball anymore, preferring the softer, lighter, tackier feel of the composite balls. That’s too bad though, because once you break it in and get used to it, there’s almost a pure and nostalgic feel to the ball. Almost as if, this is the way a basketball “should” feel. I tell you, get this ball, hang a couple of peach baskets outside and make James Naismith proud.
Both balls share this in common: they will DIE if they are used on outdoor courts. Don’t do it. Ever been to an outdoor court and seen one of those brown fuzzy balls and wondered, “What the heck is that?” Well, that is a leather ball that has been used outside. It will have no grip, feel unusually light, and is a sad shell of its former self. Spare the leather balls people, please!
So I had the older version of the “Official” Ball for many years and it was my favorite ball, but something happened with the valve and it wouldn’t hold air anymore. So I thought I would get myself another one and start the journey of breaking it in so it would be ready for my kids when they can play. So I went to [Major Sports Retail Store] and pulled one of the shelf…then I promptly returned it to the shelf, picked up my eyeballs off the floor and returned them to their sockets. This was after seeing the $149.99 price tag.
Thank goodness for Amazon. I won’t bother listing the prices on Amazon, but it was a lot more reasonable than what I saw at the store. In fact, I saw a used one listed as a warehouse deal and got that because I figured if it was a little used, it has already started getting broken in. Got the package, and inside this huge shipping box that could fit a child, was an Official NBA Ball wrapped in plastic. No official box, but the ball was brand new. Can’t really complain. If you can find one used here, that’s the way to go.
It's difficult to believe that the genuine leather ball feels hard and really likes rubber ball. But when you shoot it, it's different than the rubber ball(of course,this ball is 100 bulks). The bounce, weight and shooting track are perfect from the beginning. When you shoot the ball, you will never feel slippery,but your hands feel like you are shooting a rough rubber ball. The differece from the rubber ball is the way of the bounce when the ball hits the hoop. Luckly, the way is same as the composite leather ball. I think the shooting accuracy is pretty same as the composit leather ball before this ball is broken-in.
Unluckly, catch is much difficult. When you catch it from directly pass, the ball is very slick. I'm not sure it will be getting better when this ball is broken-in. Look NBA players, they lick their fingers to stop the slick. It is true that wet fingers will reduce the slick on this ball. A lot of composite leahter ball will be slippery when you shoot by sweaty hands. There are always some players have sweaty hands when they play basketball. Afer they touch the ball, the sweat will leave on the ball and everyone feels the ball is slippery. I have to say the official NBA ball is great for preventing the sweat.
My nike 4005 is also a great ball. The only problem is I have to pump the ball in 3 weeks(lots of people had this problem). (I think it maybe because the ball is made in Thailand,not China.) Does nike do it on purpose to let me buy another nike pumper with this ball?
I played the Molten composite leather ball before. I have to say the best hand feel ball is the Molten one. It feels like a soft leather but it is actually composite leather and it will be very slippery when you hands are sweaty.
I always doubt is this the real ball plays in NBA? I saw someone reviewed this ball needs to shoot 9 month for break-in time before it can use in NBA games. But the black spalding letter and the NBA logo is crack after I shoot for 3 hours in wood floor court. 9 month, will I still see the spalding letter? or I have to close my eyes, and use my fingers to touch the ball, and say S...P..A..L..D..ING...
I have to say that you will not think it worth 100 bulks when you first open the box. You will feel this is a rubber ball in first play time. Dribble, Dribble and Dribble...(best break-in method) This is NBA Official Game Ball. This is the basketball what NBA players play (suppose to be).
Anyway, I bought this ball because I want to know what a real NBA game ball feels like. And I like genuine leahter... I'm going to throw the old tf1000 away due to it is worn-off, keep pumping nike 4005 for pumping practice? or grip it everyday and photo some cool poses because it feels like soft leather and have bright color? The NBA official ball, aha, break-in period, polish after use (color still getting darker),hand feel will be getting better after break-in, but I'm really worried about the spalding letters and NBA logo... I hope this ball will be great in the future and be great forever(or up to 2012?)
With that being said, this is the best rock out there for some players. The feel when bouncing it, the grip (even right out of the box), the weight, the way it rolls off your fingers on the shot, and the sound it makes when splashing through the net are perfect. The reason I mention that it is only the best rock for some players is due to the fact that many people are used to the way the synthetic indoor balls play and feel, and may dislike the game ball because it does not feel like the synthetic balls they are used to. Most synthetic indoor balls are going to feel tacky, soft, and have different ranges of sponginess. The nba game ball is not as tacky (I am 5' 10" and my hands are not large at all but I can still palm the game ball), is not soft, and is not very spongy. These differences can affect how the ball is released on the shot if people use non (improper) fundamental shooting techniques, which is common in recreational play.
This is a serious rock, and has the best feel for an indoor ball - it just feels right.
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