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Basketball

  • Every basketball player knows a quality backboard is important to the game and choosing the correct one for your court can be a challenge with all of the options available put there. Thankfully there are a few backboard standards to give anyone a wide selection of the right backboards they need.Choosing a backboard with the right material is crucial to anyone playing the game. Backboards made from glass are constructed with longevity in mind and don’t dent easily when a ball bounces from them. They’re also very durable, most made with a reinforced steel frame that can last for many years without fear of breaking or wearing down. The only caveat is that their price tag puts most of them out of the range of a general player.Acrylic material is just as durable as glass but at a more affordable price. Any pressure put on an acrylic backboard won't damage it and this includes hanging from the rim, slapping the backboard and even swinging off of it from a follow through (although not recommended!) Hurling a basketball at an acrylic backboard will also do very little to bruise, chip or dent it, making the material the best choice because of its sturdiness.Other materials used for backboards include steel, polycarbonate and even plastic, which are good substitutes for a wide range of players. Steel backboards are best where weather conditions become a problem as steel is another very hard, heavy material. Polycarbonate backboards are in the same category as acrylic backboards, but are seen differently because a basketball bounces off the backboard softer. Lastly, plastic backboards are good for young basketball players in training, but their construction easily causes chips, dents and missing pieces from a basketball with overextended use.Each of the best basketball backboards chosen for this list are here because of their durability. Whether it's acrylic, polycarbonate or steel, these picks allow for the roughest play without the need to think about the consequence of playing too hard on the backboard and rim. Additionally, mounting any one of these backboards is quick and easy once you find the perfect spot and you'll be playing for a long time once it goes up. Finally, each backboard made this list because of their affordable price points. Finding the perfect backboard within your budget is the first real step in being able to actually play the game. This list provides a plethora of options for you to pick and choose by price.
    January 29, 2015
  • Finding the right basketball hoop depends on your needs, your preferences, and your budget. You can purchase a backboard and hoop that will mount to your garage or you can get a portable system that can be moved around anytime you want. Prices can range from under $100 for a simple backboard and hoop to a few thousand dollars for the finest portable basketball system. Most people don’t mind spending a few hundred bucks to get a decent backboard and hoop that will last for several years. There are many differences and features to be considered when purchasing backboards, hoops, and portable systems, but the most common are backboard materials, the size and stability of the pole and base, the range of heights, and the type of rim (breakaway or standard). The following lists will give you a good idea of what backboards and portable systems you will find on the market and which ones are considered the top choices.
    January 18, 2012
  • What’s the best basketball? That’s a question any serious basketball player has asked at some point in time. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different basketballs on the market. The differences are often subtle, but there are definitely differences! There are indoor basketballs, outdoor basketballs, and ones made for both indoor and outdoor use. There are balls made from leather, composite leather, or rubber. Some balls have a more pebbled feel for better grip while others feel slick at first and take longer to break in. You can buy basketballs endorsed by some of your favorite players or buy one with a fancy design or bright colors. You can find basketballs for under $10 or spend over $75. Though basketballs can be reviewed, rated, and ranked, they are mostly a matter of personal taste or preference. However, to help you find the top basketballs available, for indoor and outdoor use, these lists can be used as a guide.
    January 12, 2012