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Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball
 

Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball

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(93 reviews)
 

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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.
  • Designed for indoor play only
  • Full grain leather cover
  • Official game ball of the National Basketball Association
  • Official NBA size and weight

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Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball
 
3.8

(based on 93 reviews)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Reasons to Own

  • Good bounce (64)
  • Handles well (58)
  • Retains air well (53)
  • Durable (41)
  • Good grip (6)

You Should Know

  • Wears easily (25)
  • Loses air over time (11)
  • Subject to punctures (10)
  • Heavy (4)
  • Slippery (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoor (68)
  • Gaming (47)
  • Practice (46)
  • Sports training (5)
  • Outdoors (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Competitive athlete (57), Collegiate/pro (16), Street baller (10), Enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30), Yes (4)

Reviewed by 93 customers

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Started off good...

By Logan

from Ohio

About Me Gym Rat

Reasons to Own

  • Good Grip

You Should Know

  • Punctures Easily

Best Uses

  • Sports Training

Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

I received this ball as a birthday present. I opened up the package and pulled the ball out of the package and right off the bat I noticed that the ball feels like an outdoor ball and not an indoor game ball. Immediately, I didn't think I would like the ball but I figured I would give it a shot and see how it feels in the gym. So I took it to my local YMCA and it felt pretty good and I had no problems, and I actually liked the ball. However, after using it a few more days at my YMCA, I noticed that the ball wears extremely easy and doesn't stay in good shape. About a week and a half after getting the ball, I played a pickup game at the Y and just from playing the game there were chips in the leather and it started to peel. I wouldn't recommend this ball because it just doesn't hold up even when you treat it well. If I was someone looking for a basketball I would buy a Wilson Evolution Basketball. It feels like an indoor ball and it holds up for years. I know because I've had one for the past 5 years.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Performance

By Jim

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Competitive Athlete

Reasons to Own

  • Good Grip
  • Gym Quality
  • Sturdy Construction
  • Versatile

You Should Know

    Best Uses

    • Sports Training

    Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

    This is a great basketball. If you were to ask me, I'd say that every penny is worth being spent on it. I quickly got used to the ball, and before I knew it, I actually loved it. Again, great quality. I purchased it myself. At first I wasn't sure, but, as soon as I actually saw it, I could not get enough. Buy this ball and take good care of it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    give this ball a chance!!!!!

    By Nick Name

    from Georgia

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Reasons to Own

      You Should Know

        Best Uses

          Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

          look it is the ball the pros use so it must be good right? it does take time to break in i'll admit that but you can speed up the process by putting leather conditioner on the ball.When you first get it it will feel like a cheap ball but after a while you'll love it. There is a reason this is the nba's ball of choice.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Hard and Slick - not worth the money

          By Jersey

          from Huntsville, AL

          About Me Competitive Athlete

          Verified Reviewer

          Reasons to Own

            You Should Know

            • Slippery

            Best Uses

            • Chair

            Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

            Purchased this ball for a regular pick-up group. The ball came out of the box slightly under-inflated. But after adjusting still was hard to handle; bounce was strange, low, didn't handle. We used the ball for all 8 games. Guys complained about the ball from beginning to end. Guys lost the handle several times, shots didn't fall, the ball is hard and slick. Returning it. We use a WAVE ball and I guess that's our ball of choice for now.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Bad basketball

            By Diesel

            from Ontario, Canada

            About Me Competitive Athlete

            Verified Reviewer

            Reasons to Own

              You Should Know

              • Punctures Easily
              • Slippery

              Best Uses

                Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

                I bought this ball a few years ago. I was skeptical about getting it because I had read mixed reviews, but i took a chance on the hope that it would break in like many reviews said. After having had this ball for about three years, it still is terrible. When I first got it I used it for a few weeks, which would be maybe 30ish hours of playing and shooting, but nothing about the quality changed, except for a tear from something in the gym. Later on I bought a different basketball which was a lot better, but I forgot that one at school when I came home for the winter break and am stuck having to use this nba ball. I forgot how bad it was until now, I am going to be buying a new ball in the next couple of days just so I do not have to use this nba ball again.
                I am very disappointed that Spalding, and the NBA allowed for this ball to be sold, especially at such a high price.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Ultimate Game Ball

                By Rufien the basketball enthusiast

                from Perth Australia

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Buyer

                Reasons to Own

                • Basketball
                • Game
                • Good Grip
                • Gym Quality
                • Leather
                • Nba
                • Sturdy Construction
                • Versatile

                You Should Know

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Game Use
                • General Fitness
                • Sports Training

                Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

                I use this for training and pre and post game shoot arounds

                It feels great and is perfectly weighted, grips well and just feels good to shoot with.

                It is expensive

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                amazing product

                By dash

                from geraldton, Australia

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Reasons to Own

                • Collection

                You Should Know

                  Best Uses

                  • General Fitness

                  Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

                  i use this product as a collection to my already sports memorabilia

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (20 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Official Ball?

                  By JayDub

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Competitive Athlete

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Reasons to Own

                  • No Reasons

                  You Should Know

                  • Not Official Ball

                  Best Uses

                  • Trash

                  Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

                  This is not the official NBA ball. I wish Spalding would put out the real thing that the NBA players use. I have been to an NBA game and have held the "real" ball and this is not even close. The real ball is super soft with alot of grip.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Official everything

                  By Mike

                  from new york, ny

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Reasons to Own

                  • Good Grip
                  • Sturdy Construction

                  You Should Know

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports Training

                    Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

                    Spalding also produces the official Harlem Globetrotters ball. Safe to say they know what they are doing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (72 of 72 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    NBA OFFICIAL GAME BALL - PERFECT

                    By Michael Pearson, Llandudno Lightning -SG

                    from North Wales, United Kingdom

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Reasons to Own

                    • Good Grip
                    • Gym Quality
                    • PERFECT
                    • Sturdy Construction

                    You Should Know

                      Best Uses

                      • Basketball Game's
                      • Basketball Training
                      • Sports Training

                      Comments about Spalding Official Size NBA Leather Game Basketball:

                      I completely understand that everybody's views about the ball differ.

                      However...

                      This ball is perfect in everyway..

                      Strengths of this ball;

                      - Great air
                      - The feel of the ball is great
                      - Good handling
                      - Good feel on release
                      - Great durability

                      Weaknesses;

                      - Needs to be broken in (but still feels great brand new)
                      - When you buy the leather feels very hard, but this is why it feels better after a good month of use (when it's broken in)

                      Whilst I was awaiting delivery I decided to contact spalding directly to see about how to break the ball in.

                      A few people on YouTube say to use a leather conditioner to soften the leather quicker. However Spalding told me that this was a bad idea as it will make the ball slippery and will lose it's grip. They also told me that spalding break the ball in before sending them to the NBA teams to practice with, but they do not for the ones on general sale. They use a machine that bounces the ball over 5000 times.

                      How to break the ball in;

                      What breaking the ball in means is to soften the leather on the ball, as when it is brand new it is very compact and tight.

                      - Use the ball often on a normal court for around 2-3 months.

                      - Wipe the ball down with a damp towel and dry it after use to get rid of dust.

                      - if you have wooden flooring in your home and your parents or wife lets you bounce the ball, bounce it around for 10 minutes a day to help break it in.

                      DO NOT

                      - Use a leather conditioner
                      - Use leather wipes
                      - Use the ball outdoors or on rough surfaces

                      And that is about it :) I hope my review helped and enjoy your new basketball if you decide to purchase one.

                      YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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