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Millions upon millions of basketball-related stories are worth mentioning.

And there are really compelling stories out there.

However, just a few of them are icons of pop culture and have marked generations with basketball stories, real or fictional.

So…

 WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS BASKETBALL MOVIES?

And

WHERE CAN YOU FIND THEM?

Well, these questions are easy to answer and we’ll show you our best picks and increase your passion for basketball.

1. HOOSIERS

Hoosiers starring Gene Hackman is one of the best movies about basketball in history and it depicts a perspective of basketball beyond sport.

It illustrates how basketball can change lives through teamwork and team values.

And it is based on a true story of a small team from Indiana, that won the state basketball championship in 1954.

So, Hoosiers is an inspiring story that deals with topics such as the spirit of sacrifice, alcoholism, perseverance and sport as an educational tool.

And this movie was a motivator for thousands of basketball players, and if you love basketball, YOU MUST WATCH IT!

LEARN MORE about HOOSIERS HERE

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2. BLUE CHIPS

One of the most emblematic basketball movies of all time is Blue Chips.

The cast was made of basketball stars such as Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal and Larry Bird.

So, this movie is an impressive depiction of basketball in real life!

The film is about the pressure that coaches undergo at amateur levels to find prospects who will take part of professional teams.

And it emphasizes basketball as a business and its balance with the human side of sport.

As a consequence, you’ll deepen in the human side of basketball and all the pressure to make it a profitable business too.

Specifically, the coach (Nick Nolte) is having a bad season after many years being one of the best coaches at college level and now, it’s necessary to look for new talents.

Fortunately, the coach manages to recruit new basketball players with a bright future, but he must polish their skills.

And he meets Neon (Shaquille O’Neal), who made the difference!

He’s a talented street basketball player, but he only needs some guidance in life to learn how to deal with the pressure of being a professional player.

In sum, it’s a realistic movie that represents what happens in basketball behind the scenes.

LEARN MORE about BLUE CHIPS HERE

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3. COACH CARTER

Another terrific basketball movie is Coach Carter.

The film starring Samuel L. Jackson and Channing Tatum carter develops the story of a coach who trains boys exposed to constant violence in the streets and with no family support.

But, coach Carter took a paternal role to guide these boys in basketball and life.

He teaches them how to find a new passion in life through basketball and get away from problems.

And finally, they find their way to continue their basketball careers and their academic life with ease thanks to coach Carter.

In particular, this movie shows the challenges that college athletes face for maintaining a good academic record as they strive to position themselves in the world of basketball.

And no need to say it, it represents a real-life problem for many basketball players.

LEARN MORE about COACH CARTER HERE

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4. THE BASKETBALL DIARIES

The Basketball Diaries tells the story of Jim Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio), a promising basketball player who quits his team and drop out of school.

This movie is the adaptation of an autobiographical novel by Jim Carroll, in which he describes his experience with drugs after leaving his basketball team.

Carroll and his gang were mischievous teenagers who engaged in petty theft and then, little by little they started consuming cocaine and heroin.

And the plot focuses on narrating the process by which this group throw their dreams away and lost control of their lives.

This is a story of broken dreams that somehow ends up being a blessing in disguise.

In fact, Carroll didn’t become a basketball star, but the extreme experiences he overcame, helped him become a better human being.

LEARN MORE about THE BASKETBALL DIARIES HEREBasketball diaries

 

 

 

5. FINDING FORRESTER

Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery, tells the story of a young basketball player from the Bronx who has an exceptional ability for playing basketball… and writing.

And he gets the highest grade in his high school class, and suddenly, an elite school in Manhattan is interested in him.

However, for him it was a big challenge to take.

Fortunately, he meets a mysterious Pulitzer-winning writer (Forrester), who has stayed away from all contact with society for decades and they develop a friendship.

Forrester teaches him everything he knows about literature and guides him to become a famous writer like him.

In short, Finding Forrester is about the relationship between basketball, friendship and academic life… and the value of perseverance to face new challenges.

LEARN MORE about FINDING FORRESTER HEREFiding Forrester6. TEEN WOLF

Teen Wolf is a comedy starring Michael J. Fox that develops the process of physical and emotional changes of a typical shy teenager.

Until he discovers he´s a werewolf!

As strange as it seems, it makes him popular and gives him an increased strength and confidence to perform better in the court… and life in general!

So, after his transformation he becomes a great star in the court.

And despite his strange condition, he manages to take advantage of it and be a great basketball player.

In summary, this comedy is a lovely basketball movie for the 80’s cinema lovers.

LEARN MORE about TEEN WOLF HERE

Teen Wolf7. LOVE & BASKETBALL

Love & Basketball is based on the story of Monica and Quincy, a couple of basketball players.

Quincy is surprised that Monica plays basketball better than him… and she’s indeed talented for playing basketball.

And when they grow up, the relationship continues.

But, Quincy, being the son of a former NBA player, is very competitive and has to balance its passion for basketball with his love life.

And to make things worse, Monica don’t know anything about love.

So, the film revolves around the relationship between two lovers and basketball players as they develop their careers and combine it with their love.

LEARN MORE about LOVE & BASKETBALL HERE

Love and Basketball

AND A “BONUS”.

SPACE JAM

Finally, Space Jam also represents basketball in pop culture.

This movie starring Michael Jordan and many other basketball stars such as Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Muggsy Bogues; focuses on basketball during an alien invasion.

The aliens kidnap Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes to serve as attractions in an extraterrestrial amusement park.

Then, the Looney Tunes challenge the aliens to a basketball game.

The deal is that if the Looney Tunes win, they will go back home.

But, if they lose they will stay in the park being part of the attractions forever.

So, to help the Looney Tunes, the best basketball players of the NBA are able to play this basketball game.

Unfortunately, the aliens seized their abilities to play basketball.

And the only choice that remains is to convince Michael Jordan to return to basketball, when he´s playing baseball.

In short, this movie was a 90´s hit that took basketball to a next level in pop culture… especially, for kids.

LEARN MORE about SPACE JAM HERE

Space JamFINAL THOUGHTS

All these movies show that basketball is more than a sport.

It´s a lifestyle that influences all aspects of personality… and that´s what these movies reflect.

Basketball is part of the construction of a personality, a better society and it represents a way of life for millions of people around the world.

And surely, many more stories will be told about the relationship between basketball and life and we look forward to them, don’t you?

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BASKETBALL IS A SPORT OF GIANTS, ISN’T IT?

Generally speaking, it is.

But, there are exceptions to the rule.

… And sometimes the shortest players can make history on the court.

These exceptional players are, in some cases, the best dunkers or hall of famers.

So, height doesn’t prevent a really talented basketball player to achieve his dream and play in the NBA.

In fact, a couple of short guys are among the best dunkers of all times in the NBA and some others, made a long career despite their height.

AND THEY MADE HISTORY!

BUT… WHO WERE THE SMALLEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS WHO MADE HISTORY IN THE NBA?

 

MUGGSY BOGUES

 

Tyrone Curtis Bogues was born in Baltimore, Maryland and he’s the smallest basketball player to ever play in the NBA.

He’s only 5’3″ when the average NBA player is about 6’7″ tall, currently.

And overcoming this drawback made Muggsy an inspiration in the NBA World.

He always knew playing in the NBA was against all odds, but he became the shortest player to reach the NBA anyway.

Actually, he turned this disadvantage into an advantage as he was known for his fast game, dribbling skill and game vision.

And he had a long career!

Muggsy played at Wake Forest University and later, he reached the NBA in 1987,  playing for:

✓ Washington Bullets (1987-1988)

✓ Charlotte Hornets (1988-1997)

✓ Golden State Warriors (1997-1999)

✓ Toronto Raptors (1999-2001)

In sum, Muggsy played in the NBA for 15 seasons, almost 900 regular-season games and 19 Playoffs.

Not bad for a 5’3″ player!

By the way, he was a big star on and off the court, and he even appeared in the movie Space Jam in 1996.

 

SPUD WEBB

Anthony Jerome Webb was born in Dallas, Texas.

He was a 5’6” player, and only 2 players were shorter than him in the NBA history, Muggsy Bogues and Earl Boykins.

The nickname Spud is a shortening of Sputnik (the Soviet satellite).

He wasn’t in the outer space but he used to jumped really high and he even won a Slam Dunk Contest in 1986.

As a short player in the NBA, Webb had a hard time making a name for himself in basketball.

Spud didn’t get a place to play in high school due to his height and he was rejected several times until he managed to convince the coach… and in his first game he scored 20 points!

Then, he played for Midland College and NC University, and made his debut in the NBA in 1985.

And he ended up playing 12 seasons in his NBA career.

✓ Atlanta Hawks (1985-1991, 1995-1996)

✓ Sacramento Kings (1991-1995)

✓ Minnesota Timberwolves (1996)

✓ Orlando Magic (1998)

However, the most important moment of his career is when he won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1986, in Dallas, the city he was born.

He surprised everyone because he competed with the best dunkers in the NBA, and legends like Michael Jordan.

AND HE’S STILL THE SHORTEST PLAYER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SLAM DUNK CONTEST AND SURELY, THE SMALLEST PLAYER TO WIN THE SLAM DUNK CONTEST.

By the way. here you can watch WEBB’S PERFORMANCE IN THE 1986 SLAM DUNK:

 

NATE ROBINSON

 

Another short but inspiring player was Nate Robinson.

Nathaniel Cornelius Robinson was born in Seattle, Washington.

He attended the University of Washington on a football scholarship before deciding to focus on basketball.

And he was selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft to start an 11-seasons career.

Robinson is just 5’9”, but he had a long career as he played for:

✓ New York Knicks (2005–2010)

✓ Boston Celtics (2009–2011)

✓ Oklahoma City Thunder (2011)

✓ Golden State Warriors (2011–12)

✓ Chicago Bulls (2012–2013)

✓ Denver Nuggets (2013–2015)

✓ Los Angeles Clippers (2015)

✓ New Orleans Pelicans (2015)

But,  the most curious fact about his career is THAT HE WON THE SLAM DUNK CONTEST 3 TIMES (2006, 2009 and 2010).

He was a short player, but one of the best dunkers in history!

JUST TAKE A LOOK AT HIS PERFORMANCE IN SLAM DUNK CONTENTS:

 

 

 

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ISAIAH THOMAS

 

Isaiah Thomas was born on February 7, 1989, in Tacoma, Washington.

And he’s a 5’9” active player.

He played for University of Washington for 3 seasons and, in 2011, he gave up his last season as a college player to play in the NBA.

Isaiah started playing for Sacramento Kings and he is still active in his career.

Particularly, he has played for:

✓ Sacramento Kings (2011–2014)

✓ Phoenix Suns (2014–2015)

✓ Boston Celtics (2015–2017)

✓ Cleveland Cavaliers (2017–2018)

✓ Los Angeles Lakers (2018)

✓ Denver Nuggets (2018–2019)

✓ Washington Wizards (2019–2020)

And similar to Spud Webb and Nate Robinson, he was a spectacular dunker, showing once again that short players can be great dunkers!

 

THESE PLAYERS WERE NBA STARS IN SPITE OF THEIR HEIGHT… and there are more stories of short players who reached the highest levels playing basketball such as:

 

EARL BOYKINS

 

Earl Antoine Boykins was born in 1976, in Cleveland, Ohio.

And he was a 5’5” player.

He started his basketball career at Eastern Michigan University and later, he was hired by New Jersey Nets, becoming the second smallest player in the NBA.

Earl played for:

✓ New Jersey Nets (1999)

✓ Cleveland Cavaliers (1999, 2000)

✓ Orlando Magic (1999)

✓ Los Angeles Clippers (2001–2002)

✓ Golden State Warriors (2002–03)

✓ Denver Nuggets (2003–2007)

✓ Milwaukee Bucks (2007, 2011)

✓ Charlotte Bobcats (2008)

✓ Washington Wizards (2009–10)

His career was 11 years long, which is a huge success considering the low likelihood of being selected to play in the NBA for a 5’5” guy.

 

GREG GRANT

 

Greg Grant was born in Trenton, New Jersey; and he also proved that short guys can do well on the court.

He is just 5’7” which is a drawback in the land of the giants.

In fact, he had to face the same prejudices that all short basketball players suffer… but he never surrendered.

Greg played college basketball for Morris Brown and TCNJ.

However, he was rejected by many NBA coaches until Grant was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 1989.

Later, he had a good NBA career playing for:

✓ Phoenix Suns (1989–1990)

✓ New York Knicks (1990–1991)

✓ Charlotte Hornets (1991–1992)

✓ Philadelphia 76ers (1991–1992, 1992–1993, 1995–1996)

✓ Washington Bullets (1995–1996)

✓ Denver Nuggets (1994–1995, 1995–1996)

 

KAY FELDER

 

Kahlil Ameer “Kay” Felder was born in Detroit, Michigan.

And he was a 5’9” NBA player. 

Kay played for Oakland University and then, he was chosen in the NBA draft and played for Cleveland Cavaliers and 2 more teams.

✓ Cleveland Cavaliers (2016–2017)

✓ Chicago Bulls (2017)

✓ Detroit Pistons (2018)

He’s still an active player, so he may come back to the NBA in the future and continue showing that height is not all in basketball.

Finally, there were other short players that made a difference in the NBA and have interesting records such as:

Mel Hirsch (5 ft 6 in)  who was the shortest player to ever play in the NBA before Muggsy Bogues.

Red Klotz (5 ft 7 in)  who is the shortest player to win an NBA championship.

Calvin Murphy (5 ft 9 in) who is the shortest NBA player in the Hall of Fame.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Being a short player is undoubtedly a huge disadvantage in basketball.

And basketball is a competitive sport full of tall players, who have been as tall as 77”, like Gheorghe Mureşan or 76”, like Manute Bol.

So, it’s a David versus Goliath fight for many short players.

However, the short players mentioned above are examples that it’s not impossible to succeed in the NBA being short.

Look at Muggsy Bogues!

He is the smallest player who has ever been in the NBA and he’s still remembered as a big star… so it takes more heart than height to succeed anyway.

In short, these players showed that size doesn’t matter when you’re an extraordinary player!

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In this 2020, it’s not too late for you to achieve your goals and develop your basketball skills.

In fact, adding new BASKETBALL TRAINING GEARS to your training equipment will enhance your chances to succeed and develop your career.

Basically, THERE IS NO LONGER EXCUSES TO STOP GROWING AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER!

The question is:

… HOW MUCH CAN BASKETBALL TRAINING GEARS HELP YOU?

These new technologies will maximize your training time and you’ll get maximum results in less time.

NOT BAD AT ALL!

ISN’T IT?

So, we bring you the best 10 basketball training gears for 2020 that will help you improve your game almost IMMEDIATELY.

 

OUR PICKS

 

1. SKLZ D-MAN

A TRAINER DEFENSIVE MANNEQUIN.

It’s ideal to practice alone, or if you want, you can also do it as a team.

And even if you’re alone, you can take it everywhere with you for training.

With the SKLZ D-Man, you will:

See fast results giving passes, shooting and dribbling.

Train everywhere and have a defender by your side 24\7.

Improve your shooting and dribbling techniques quickly.

So, it has multiple benefits for you.

And having the chance to train alone is priceless… you’ll be 100% in control of your own growth as a basketball player.

CHARACTERISTICS

You can adjust the height of SKLZ D-MAN to match different defensive options from 6.5 feet to 8 feet.

SKLZ D-Man is made of polyester mesh which makes it lightweight and durable.

Assembling and disassembling SKLZ D-Man is very simple.

It is completely portable.

Weighted base (add water or sand) to maintain stability.

In short, with SKLZ D-MAN, you’ll build your offensive skills in a much faster time.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

CHECK OUT this video to learn more about SKLZ D-Man.

And IF YOU LIKED IT, CHECK IT OUT BELOW and train more hours.

 

 

 

 

2. DONJOY PERFORMANCE POD

AVOID ANKLE INJURIES AND TRAIN WITH PEACE OF MIND!

This is a basketball training gear specially designed with the best engineering to provide additional support to your joints.

Actually, it will protect you from ankle injuries, and as a result, you’ll have more confidence to be much more aggressive on the court.

Also, its unique design naturally adapts to the movement of your feet and gives you the freedom to carry out any activity, knowing that your ankles are protected.

In sum, it will:

Prevent any ankle injury.

Make you feel safe.

Maximize your range of motion while providing exceptional support.

Mold itself to the anatomical shape of your foot.

Give you comfort with its super soft and light material.

CHARACTERISTICS

Ultra-light materials (30% lighter than the average ankle support on the market).

Simple and sleek design.

Adjustable and anatomically molded shell for maximum comfort.

CHECK THE VIDEO BELOW to learn more about the DONJOY PERFORMANCE POD.

DON’T LET INJURIES STOP YOUR CAREER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. GLOWCITY LIGHT UP LED RIM

This isn’t just another basketball training gear that will boost your performance…

LED LIGHTING KIT IS MUCH BRIGHTER THAN ANYTHING THAT GLOWS IN THE DARK!

This led rim has the official size to play professional basketball and is perfect for lighting at night, giving a magical touch to the game.

In fact, every time the ball hits the rim, lights come on.

And then, go off after some seconds.

In addition, it’s perfect for any kind of night event since it would give a lot of fun at night.

So, with Glowcity Light Up Led Rim you will:

Have much more fun and the game will not end at night.

Get a rim which is really appealing to the eyes.

Lengthen your training time at night.

CHARACTERISTICS

Battery Powered. The lighting is powered by three AAA batteries.

The rim kit is impact activated and lights up when played with and shuts off after use.

It is quite resistant so that it would not be damaged by the weather.

WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO and discover how awesome this led rim is!

LIGHT UP YOUR GAME AND GAIN MORE TIME PLAYING AT NIGHT!

With all the time gained you’ll become a better basketball player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. GLOWCITY LIGHT UP BASKETBALL (OFFICIAL SIZE AND WEIGHT)

This ball glows!

And it will allow you to play in difficult conditions like in the darkness or with very little light.

Its 2 led lights will make the ball glow in a way you have never seen before and it is activated only if you play with it.

And it makes it perfect for:

Playing at night and increase your training time outdoor.

Train in difficult visibility conditions

Gifts, as it will keep children entertained.

Train hard at any time.

CHARACTERISTICS

It includes batteries.

The ball is durable and resistant. Indeed, you can use it for years.

It’s waterproof.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO and watch the ball in action!

YOU’LL BE AMAZED HOW MUCH FUN YOU CAN HAVE PLAYING WITH THIS BALL!

 

5.  ZFOSPORTS WEIGHTED VEST 30LBS – 80LBS

TRAIN HARDER, IMPROVE FASTER!

With this vest you can increase the weight and train harder.

As soon as you take it off, you’ll be faster and jump higher.

In fact, you will:

Be faster in general.

Achieve greater freedom of movement and speed.

Overcome all your competitors easier.

CHARACTERISTICS

Pockets to store your phone or any electronic device.

It can store water bottles.

One size with adjustable belt to fit your body.

15 x 12 x 2 inches.

Super tough material.

WATCH THIS VIDEO REVIEW and get informed!

CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW HIGH YOU COULD JUMP AFTER YOU TAKE IT OFF?

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. POP UP DEFENDER: TRAINING DEVICE FOR BASKETBALL

This is one of the ultimate basketball training gears to boost your game!

And it helps you surpass a defender easier.

In fact, it’s perfect for training how to defeat a defender and improve your techniques as a basketball player.

With the Pop Up Defender, you will:

Have someone to train with in case you find yourself training alone.

You’ll achieve your potential as you will train every time you want with a defender in front of you.

Have a bag to store all your basketball items.

CHARACTERISTICS

3.4 feet tall defender.

Light, foldable and portable.

Stable and secure during training.

It stores extra balls and any other basketball equipment.

18 x 18 x 40 inches.

WATCH THIS VIDEO to know more about the POP UP DEFENDER!

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY AND UNLEASH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. BASKETBALL KNEE PADS

This shock absorption knee pads will ensure you won’t have knees injuries anymore.

You’ll stay healthy and safe while training, ensuring a much longer and calmer workout with the assurance that your knees will be fine.

This knee pad ergonomically adapts to the shape of your knee to compress it enough, so you will:

Be more likely to succeed as your knees will be safe..

Train with peace of mind, knowing your knees won’t be exposed to injuries.

Feel better in case you are already injured.

CHARACTERISTICS

For men and women.

1 pair.

Highest possible compression to avoid injury.

Increases blood flow through the knees, thighs and feet.

Reduces pain in case of injury.

Protect you from V-rays while training.

Regulates body temperature.

Keeps your knee warm to keep you in top performance.

TAKE A DEEPER LOOK to all of it benefits.

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8. BASKETBALL SHOOTING TRAINING AID

Keep elbows straight while training!

Actually, with this strap you’ll keep your elbows straight and avoid losing precision at shooting.

And it is made for all ages, so no matter how young or how old you are, it will help you training your offensive skills.

In fact, the shooting belt will help you:

Get more accuracy at shooting.

✓ Correct your shooting position.

Obtain more stability.

✓ Shoot effortlessly and score more points

CHARACTERISTICS

High-quality and resistant material.

Adjustable to 40 cm/ 15.7 inches to 75 cm/ 30 inches.

Flexible strap.

2 pieces basketball shooting training aid.

Lasting material.

WATCH THIS VIDEO and learn how to use the Shooting Training Aid.

BE MORE COMPETITIVE AND SCORE MORE!

And if you liked what it can do for you, you can check the Shooting Training Aid in the link below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. NAYPALM BASKETBALL PALM BUTTON DRIBBLING SHOOTING AID

This dribbling and shooting aid will help you keep the ball dribbling and just catch it with your fingers.

You won’t use your palms anymore!

In fact, when you use your palms to catch the ball you lose control.

And this is one of the most useful basketball training gears  as it will teach you how to use your fingers and improve your technique faster.

It is specially designed to alert you whenever you use your palms incorrectly and gradually strengthen your fingers.

So, you will:

Strengthen your finger quickly.

Improve dribbling and shooting.

Enhance your technique overall.

CHARACTERISTICS

Durable strap.

One adjustable size.

Recommended for any age.

LEARN more about the Naypalm Basketball Palm Button Dribbling Shooting Aid.

… And you can CHECK IT OUT BELOW.

 

10. HOOPSKING SHOTSQUARE BASKETBALL TRAINING SHOOTING AID

Grow your full potential and train your muscles to become a better basketball player now!

This is a unique product that trains your muscles to make 90 degrees shoots regularly.

And you will definitely have an advantage compared to other basketball players because you’ll be so used to shoot correctly that it will be like breathing for you.

With this product you will prevent your elbow from exceeding 90 degrees angle and keep it below the ball.

So, it will dramatically increase your:

Precision, making you much faster at shooting.

Speed, getting the muscles used to execute the proper movements.

CHARACTERISTICS

Resistant and soft strap.

Hard plastic material.

Light weight and easy to use.

LOOK AT MORE BENEFITS of the Hoopsking Shotsquare Basketball Training Shooting here.

Basketball is a matter of BUILDING A MUSCLE MEMORY and this is the product to achieve it!

And If you LIKED it, it can be yours in just 1 CLICK.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Having best basketball training gears for 2020 is a competitive advantage for you.

Your game will boost and you’ll be more effective.

And you can get them for a reasonable price on Amazon, which seems unfair compared to all the people who doesn’t have access to these amazing technologies you can have to increase your abilities.

 

 

 

Watch Closely as Lebraon James takes the basketball behind his back and THROUGH THE LEGS  of a Teammate.


 

 

After testing  nearly two dozen outdoor basketballs in this review we will share with you the Top 7 for quality, bounce, value, and outdoor basektball play. No matter where you are playing outdoor basketball, on this list you will find the perfect basketball to meet your outdoor play needs.

 

If you are anything like me, you enjoy shooting a few hoops every now and then. Yet it is nice to get a bit competitive even when you play just for fun. You have to be ramping up your skills all the time; you understand what I am trying to say?

 

Outdoor basketballs are built to resist the bumpier and rougher surfaces and circumstances of outdoor gaming. You will not have to worry about the cover of the ball being ruined entirely by the acrylic or concrete courts on which you play.

 

Most people would accept that in terms of feel, very little can compared to a good indoor game of basketball. However, at a certain point in basketballer’s life he/she will have to play an outdoor game either in their backyard or in a nearby courtyard. In these areas, the ball has to forfeit some of its softness for some toughness.

 

Being capable of navigating such harsh and challenging outdoor environments, of course they can certainly be used on indoor courts. Definitely, they are undisputedly the ‘all-round’ ultimate basketball to own – every basketball player best have at least one of them.

Our Top 7 Outdoor Basketball Selected

 

1.  NCAA Wilson Replica Game Basketball

  

 

Ø NCAA game ball replica.

Ø Built for both outdoor and indoor play.

Ø Provides superb grip ability.

Ø Guaranteed a 100% composite cover as it is structured in composite channels.

Ø Suited for outdoor or indoor play.

Ø  Provides more confidence to take shots due to the soft cushion provided by core canvass.

For the Replica NCAA Game Ball, Certainly Wilson appears to have achieved the complicated juggling act between durability and looks.

It should not come as a shock that Wilson has manufactured most of the finest composite leather basketballs currently on the market.

Although Spalding is recognized for its premium quality leather official NBA basketball, Wilson is undoubtedly the masters of Composites.

They offer basketball to colleges, schools and manufacture the NCAA official tournament ball.

The difference being, of course, that this basketball’s cover will not shed to pieces on an asphalt surface!

However, it is difficult to argue that this ball is better than the NBA Replica Game Balls and Spalding Zi/O.  It is our top pick for the highest quality, outdoor basketball available today.

 

 


NBA Spalding Zi/O

 

Ø Official NBA weight and size: 29.5 inch, size 7.

Ø Excellent feel due to foam backed design.

Ø Designed for both outdoor and indoor game play.

Ø Shipped ready for game and inflated.

Ø  Zi/O composite cover

 

Zi / O Basketball is indeed Spalding’s attempt to create an important indoor / outdoor hybrid basketball game.

Its close pebble provides it with a smooth, tacky look. Furthermore, the bounce is marginally dampened on tough outdoor courts because of its foam-backed cover.

As a result, you seldom feel that much of bouncy effect rougher outdoor court/surfaces.

However, the Spalding NBA Zi / O outdoor/indoor basketball is a decent standard outdoor / indoor basketball.  It’s kind of similar to the Spalding Replica NBA Game Ball, with the major distinction being the shell appearance.

The Zi /O looks kinda NBA tacky  in our opinion. Apart from this, the cover of the Zi / O is fully pebbled, making sure that you get enough consistency around the ball.   Over all this is a highly quality durabel ball for outdoor basketball play.

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Nike Versa Tack Indoor/Outdoor Basketball

                               

 

Ø Suitable For: outdoor & indoor use, great feel, durable.

Ø Material: 16% nylon, 70% Composite rubber, 13% synthetic leather.

Ø Size: 7.

Ø Features: wide channels, Pebble texture, perfect shape maintenance.

 

 

 The Nike Versa Tack is also an outdoor and indoor basketball game ball. It offers a textured surface. Although it looks like it is designed for indoor courts, it is capable of enduring the rugged outdoor play.

Nike attained balanced efficiency, effectiveness and durability with a great combination of composite materials.

The Versa Tack out/indoor basketball is made of 16 percent nylon, 70 percent rubber, and 14 percent synthetic leather. The rubber is the key part as it makes the ball very durable, avoiding weight loss from consistent wear & tear. It has a great bounce and is gaining in populatiry on playground, drive ways, and everywhere basketball is played outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Microfiber Composite Wilson NCAA WAVE Basketball

 

 

 

 Ø  Ideal For: extraordinary color, Beginners, consistent bounce and longevity

Ø  Size: 6 / 7

Ø  Material: Traditional synthetic Cover

Ø  Features: original colors, all-ball pebbling, Deep channels, NCAA logo

 

 

The outdoor rubber basketball Spalding NCAA Varsity is a great option for both novices and all outdoor leisure basketball players.  It is obtainable for intermediate basketball players in the recommended official regulation size seven (7) as well as in size six (6).

The outdoor basketball Spalding NBA Varsity is available in six (6) distinct color schemes to stand out on court: blue / black, pink / black, black / dark blue, blue / green, green / pink and pink /red. NCAA has endorsed this ball and the ball has the official NCAA logo is displayed on it.  iF you are a novice player looking for a good outdoor basketball this basketball will do the job.

4.  MVP Wilson NCAA Rubber Basketball

 

·         Ideal For: outdoor & indoor use, stable bounce, youths, durability

·         Sizes: 5 / 6 / 7

·         Materials: optimal rubber cover, Rubber shell, rubber compound

·         Features: Maximum-surface cover, Amazing wide channels, pressure bladder lock, NCAA logo.

Another basketball model built for outdoor and indoor use is the MVP Wilson NCAA rubber basketball, which provides a stable bounce across all-surface cover and durability.

Thanks to its availability in different sizes 5, 6 and 7 it’s properly suited for newcomers smaller and young players.  Although Wilson suggests this basketball is suitable for outdoors and indoors, the heavy rubber compound content provides a value inferior performance on hardwood courts.  If you are look for an outdoor basketball for a young player, this is the one you are looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

5.  X-Series Molten GM7X Out/Indoor

 

 

FIBA Approved

  • Indoor/ Outdoor Synthetic Cover
  • Butyl Bladder
  • Signature 12 Panel Design
  • 1- Year Warranty

Molten is a popular Japanese sports gear brand that is popular for being a FIBA’s international competitions ball supplier to (as well as the Olympics). The GM7X Molten is made to the same requirements as their tournament ball, but with a tougher outdoor shell.

The X-Series Molten basketballs provide a 12-panel innovative model that separates them from the 8-panel conventional model. The channels (seams) are significantly steeper than many other basketball popular brands, but there is also more.

In aspects of feeling, Molten does indeed have a great feeling that is difficult to put into words. It feels quite different from the Wilson/ Spalding balls that almost all players are comfortable with, though not in a bad way.

In aspects of durability, there are several doubts hanging over GM7X. The cover does not seem to hold up quite as well as the others when played on rougher surfaces. 

If you get a chance, we definitely suggest checking out the GM7X Molten. Many people love its distinctive feel and design. However, others do not like it.  This ball will last longer with outside basketball play than most, but not as long as the other balls on this list.   The reason we wanted to mention it, is many players love the feel of this ball in their hands.  Some do, some don’t. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.    Official/Size 7 495 Under Armour Out/Indoor Basketball

 

GRIPSKIN UA Composite to provide Ultimate Feel and Grip.

  • Deep Channel Design/Full ball pebbling.
  • Shape Retention (85% Nylon Windings)
  • Maximum Air Retention (100% Butyl Bladder).
  • For maximum performance.

Under Armour is considerably new to Basketball but has proven its dedication by taking up major endorsement contracts with the likes of Stephen Curry.  Gripskin UA invention is engineered to provide maximum grip through deeper and denser pebbling. It also includes nylon winding to keep shape and a 100 percent rubber butyl bladder to provide maximum air retention.

 

Sadly, an incoherent and slightly flat bounce and a relatively poor air retention as compared with basketballs from other manufacturers so make sure you have a pump handy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Chance Premium Indoor/Outdoor Composite Leather

 

 

 

 ·        PREMIUM QUALITY: composite leather makes it perfect for outdoor and indoor basketball play.

·        PERFECT GRIP: complete ball deep channels and complete ball pebbling on our 28.5″ 27.5″ and 29.5″.

 

 

 

 

This one is undoubtedly something for those trying to be distinct. With almost every other ball featuring the same old orange and black color scheme, it is difficult to be thrilled about the style of any of them. You would predict the durability of the ball to be of high standard since it costs substantially more than your ordinary outdoor basketball.

Its grip and bounce is good. However, lower than the other balls mentioned in this review. In general, it is a good basketball worthy to be mention only thanks to its distinctive hip design.  The blue color is popular with many players, especially those looking for a gift for a Kentucky  Wildcat fan,  Duke fan,  other team that has blue team colors.

 

BUYERS GUIDE

 

It is challenging and time consuming for the typical costumer to pick the best outdoor basketball.

There is an enormous amount of choices, and only few have the privilege of checking out any of them. There are many recent reviews, but reading through all of them is not very easy.

To keep make it convenient for you, we have done some extra research and curated this collection of our favorites to guide you pick the right option for you. We personally tested all of them and rated them on basis of the following main criteria:

GRIP AND SOFTNESS

Broadly speaking, the smoother the ball, the better and more comfortable it feels in your hands (an argument exists that a basketball can be too soft in your hands).

When compared to the indoor basketballs, the outdoor basketballs are considerably harder, with new emerging methods of manufacture and availability of composite materials simply means that the best ones are both durable and soft.

 

BOUNCE CONSISTENCY

 Bounce inconsistency is among the most dreadful things that can be associated with a basketball, as it will result in the basketball bouncing in unexpected directions. Although, this bounce inconsistency is mostly noticed by seasoned basketball players,  we emediately eliminated all balls from the list if they did not provide bounce consistency.  You would probably be shocked at the big brand outdoor basektballs that did not make our list simply because of inconsistent bounce.

 

DURABILITY

Majority of companies that manufacture basketball will claim that a ball is suitable for outdoor use when in real sense the fact is they cannot withstand the harshness that surrounds the outdoor game.

The ball might survive for a couple of games but be rest assured that you would be replace it the following month.  For a genuine outdoor basketball, the typical life span of an outdoor basketball is about a year, for those average 10 hours of play a week.

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

Notwithstanding most professionals often play in indoors courts rather than outdoor courts. As such, an individual who performs well on an outdoor basketball court will most likely be excellent in an indoor court.

An outstanding performance requires excellent balls. It is advisable to pick the best outdoor basketballs as it marks the start of your journey to play indoor organized leaques.

 

 

 

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Today, unhealthy lifestyles can be relegated and substituted for a much healthier life with all the wearables for fitness out there.

However, consistency and effort are fundamental when it comes to achieving good physical improvement.

Also, setting up progressive and realistic goals is the key, and luckily, technology plays a big role in this matter and it can be your best ally.

Especially, basketball training with electronic and interactive devices will help you control your health, performance and will make your training more advance as it will show you all the data you need to improve fast.

Unfortunately, some people still overlook what wearables can do for them.

But … why do I have to use basketball wearables for training basketball?

Basketball wearable technology is designed to improve your game, gain abilities faster than your peers and take your basketball game to the next level quickly.

Additionally, you, as most basketball players are not achieving their true potential, but with wearables, you will:

  • KNOW EVERY TIME YOU HAVE A DECOMPENSATION and monitor your capabilities (endurance, strength mobility).
  • HAVE YOUR PERFORMANCE UNDER CONTROL because wearables will give you exact data of your training sessions by daily monitoring the exercise performed.
  • BE AWARE OF YOUR HEALTH DURING TRAINING as many physical data will be collected, and these devices will give you suggestions adapted to your physical conditions.
  • REINFORCE YOUR PERFORMANCE GOALS because measuring all your performance data is the first step to improve it.
  • HAVE REAL-TIME DATA. They offer a quick diagnosis of health status since they monitor various health variables of users.

So, with basketball wearables YOU HAVE A BIGGER CHANCE TO IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE AND DEFEAT YOUR COMPETITORS by measuring and controlling all aspects of the game.

On the contrary, YOU WOULD BE IN A DISADVANTAGE COMPARED TO SOMEONE WHO USES NEW TECH IN HIS TRAINING.

Obviously, it can be prevented and we will show you our best picks regarding basketball wearables.

BEST BASKETBALL WEARABLES  FOR TRAINING

There are many small, light and high-quality wearables to improve your basketball performance and add more value to your life.

And this review will facilitate the selection process for you to save your time and money.

OUR PICKS

There are specific wearables for basketball, unfortunately, most of them are not currently available at Amazon such as the Blast Basketball Replay or The ShotTracker.

As soon as they are available, we will include them in the review!

1. VERT WEARABLE JUMP

Most sports wearables for basketball are quite affordable, and the benefits they offer are enormous!

Particularly, with Vert Wearable Jump, all the movements you make with your legs are registered and qualified.

In fact, every time you jump, you’ll have fresh data to evaluate your performance.

And you won’t only measure your own performance, you can even make reports of the performance of a whole team if you’re the coach.

And now this technology is at your fingertips!

  • More than 450 universities and professional teams around the world USE this technology.
  • It’s especially good for IMPROVING your techniques at jumping since it measures the landing strength and the load on your legs to prevent injuries.
  • Vert Wearable Jump is made in the USA with the BEST materials: hard plastic, lithium batteries and a bright LED screen.
  • It includes the device, its strap, clips, chargers and you can download the app in the Apple App Store easily.
  • And it weighs just 0.05 pounds.

So, this is PERFECT for basketball players who takes seriously their training.

And compared to other similar products, it has more functionalities.

TAKE A LOOK at this video to know more about the Vert Wearable Jump:

And IF YOU LIKED the Vert Wearable Jump, you can CHECK IT OUT BELOW and unleash your true potential.

Vert Wearable Jump in Amazon2. WILSON X CONNECTED SMART BASKETBALL WITH SENSOR

This is the best choice for most people looking to improve their performance without taking the risk of buying the wrong product.

Wilson is one of the best brands for basketball, and this Wilson ball is the FIRST SMART BALL that records data, while you are on the court.

In fact, with this ball you can have all your records through any IOS or Android device.

…and all your shots will be tracked!

  • You’ll have a deeper connection and interaction to the game with this new ShotTracker technology.
  • All your statistics will be reflected in the ShotTracker app on your mobile phone.
  • With this ball you’ll have all the data of your performance in its 4 modalities: Free-range, free-throw, buzzer-beater and game time.

In sum, its sensor monitors your performance and transmits all the information to the processor that analyzes it and sends it via Bluetooth to the app installed on the phone.

It’s extremely fast and reliable and you’ll analyze your performance like never before.

And there’s no similar product in basketball right now!

So, you would be getting a unique product to improve your performance fast.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION.

… And you can CHECK IT OUT BELOW

Wilson x Connected in Amazon3. SMARTWATCHES

Smartwatches are wearables with many functionalities, and for basketball, they will monitor your performance, collecting your physical information and displaying it.  

They make your life EASIER and they are particularly good for basketball.

In fact, they all have features such as stopwatch, blood pressure, step counter, sedentary reminder, heart rate, pedometer, among others.

All these capabilities will help you measure your physical performance during your training, monitoring the most important traits of your health.

… And here you have a couple of smartwatches that are pretty useful for basketball training due to their toughness and their focus on sports.

APPLE WATCH SERIES 5

This smartwatch from Apple analyzes your performance and collects your physical data.

It can even detect the trajectory of the ball, its acceleration and give you feedback to improve your performance.

Additionally, with the Apple Watch, you’ll have:

  • Features like heart rate sensor, calories burned, distance traveled, accelerometer, etc.
  • A SHOCK-RESISTANT watch that you can use without any worries on the court.
  • The MOST RECOGNIZED BRAND on the market on your wrist, with the same functionalities as any other fitness device.

So, this smartwatch is a safe bet to measure basic functionalities during your basketball training.

And even if this smartwatch is obviously more expensive than its competitors, all the features you’ll get are priceless.

CHECK THE VIDEO BELOW to learn more about Apple Watch Series 5

If you LIKED it, it can be yours in just 1 CLICK.

 

Apple watch in Amazon

 

FITBIT VERSA SPECIAL EDITION

The Fitbit Versa Special Edition is a smartwatch that keeps track of all your performance as a basketball player and it measures your fitness performance while training.

This watch is more expensive than most of its competitors, however its functionalities are only comparable to high-end watches such as the Apple Watch.

That’s why it is on this list!

  • It will measure your heart rate 24/7, the number of calories burned or your active minutes, among many other characteristics.
  • Fitbit is an established brand for fitness activities, which guarantees its good performance.
  • It is shock-resistant and has all the applications required for the sport, and despite having a cost of almost $200.
  • it is quite accessible compared to other smartwatches with functionalities not necessarily related to sport and basketball.
  • It’s compatible with iOS and Android.
  • It has anti-scratch high hardness tempered glass to resists the challenges of the court.

And CHECK OUT all its capabilities in the video below.

Finally, many people bought Fitbit Versa last year and you should take a look at it too.

Fitbit Versa in Amazon

FINAL THOUGHTS

All these basketball wearables , or with basketball functionalities will help you increase your performance as an athlete.

Their characteristics will give you all the data you need to immediately improve your performance and even exceed your competitors on the court.

And these wearables, despite being relatively new, offer great advantages and they are customizable to meet your needs.

Besides, there are many third-party apps to add more functionalities, collect more data, and also, give you advice for training.

Finally, measuring and recording everything we do is essential, especially when it comes to achieving our goals in the court.

Take advantage of all the benefits that technology puts at your disposal to improve your health and game!

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