Basketball - The ball

Obviously the basketball ball is the most coveted thing on the court. Every player wants to grab it close to his heart and wants to dribble past all the others and rush forward to finish with a gigantic leap and slip the ball through the hoop and then do cartwheels and hoops with joy. Well that is the scene we are all accustomed to seeing in NBA matches!

This ball is basically made of nylon and an ordinary one, that is, the types which you can use for an ordinary game of basketball would cost you about $19.99-$50.00. There are of course those atrociously costing balls also. These carry signatures of basketball legends of the country and are meant to be collectors items. You don t frolic on the court with these balls, you store them in glass showcases, preferably in your drawing room and show them off to your guests. When these guests cast a longing look at these balls and then cast an envious glance at you, then is the time when you feel happiest! However, let us get back to balls that are meant to be played with.

If you are planning to play indoors, then you may go for leather balls. These balls are specially manufactured for indoor basketball games. For a detailed inspection of these balls you have to visit onlinesports.com. You will find Rawlings Cross-Over Basketball, Rawlings Dime Basketball and Rawlings Eclipse Basketball. You will find there Markwort Genuine Leather balls made especially for ladies and juniors. You will also find Wilson and MacGregor varieties also. With so many varieties to choose from you will surely have no reason to complain at all.

The other most important but not so glamorous and not so hyped about accessory is the pump required to inflate the basketball ball.

You may go to onlinesports.com to get a fair idea regarding these pumps. There you would find AirZound 9 inch high pressure mini sports ball inflating pump. It is a standard bicycle, inflatable pump and it pumps up to 120 psi and has a quick thumb-lock lever attaching mechanism. It is convenient, lightweight durable and adjustable to Presta valve. The reason I described it in detail is I have personally used this pump and have been bowled over by its performance.

Amazon, NBAstore and Ebay are obviously the most visited places on the Web where players go looking for their basketball balls and pumps.


FansEdge has a $4.99 shipping fee for any size order. It is a very good bargain. Ebay is a great hunt as always.
Larry Bird Autographed Spalding Indoor/Outdoor NBA Basketball
Larry Bird autographed $305
Allen Iverson Autographed Spalding Indoor/Outdoor Basketball
Allen Iverson autographed $320
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Autographed Spalding Indoor/Outdoor NBA Basketball
Abdul-Jabbar autographed $275

Onlinesports always hold some of the best bargains. It is a good idea to pay them a visit.

Spalding TF-1000 Men's Infusion Basketball (Size 7)

Spalding TF-1000 Men's Infusion Basketball (Size 7)

29.5 circumference. Men's official size 7. Foam backed ZK Microfiber Composite. Wide channel. NFHS approved.

How Does a Ball Bounce?e?

The physics behind it is when an elastic basketball hits a hard surface, it s shape is deformed and kinetic energy is converted to and stored as potential energy. When the basketball returns to it s original shape, potential energy is reconverted to kinetic energy making the bounce.

A basketball is elastic and it is the air inside that allows the ball to bounce. When a basketball doesn't have a lot of air in it, it doesn't bounce very well. So it is a good idea to fill up all the air you can with a hand pump.

Basketball Weight and Diameter

The Men's size 7 regulation basketball has a circumference between 29.5-30 inches, it weighs 20-22 ounces, and has a diameter of 9.39 inches.

The Women's size 6 regulation basketball has a circumference between 28.5 and 28 7/8 inches, it weighs 17.5-19.5 ounces and has a diameter of 9.07 inches.


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