Designed to mount to a square pole or wall,
this Spalding backboard and rim combo will turn your backyard or driveway into a
jump-shooting haven. The backboard/rim combo starts with a 52-inch, 4.5mm acrylic backboard with steel
. The board offers the same action as glass backboards, helping you
shoot layups and bank shots with confidence.
The Pro Slam breakaway
basketball rim, meanwhile, holds up well against the force of emphatic slams--a
must for modern hoops. Other features include a white all-weather net, a
2-7/8-by-2-1/2-inch rim hole pattern, and a total weight of 40 pounds. The board
is compatible with the following mounting brackets (sold separately): the
Spalding 920312 extension arm and bracket for 4-inch square basketball poles or
the Spalding 316 U-Turn adjustable extension arm and bracket for square
basketball poles. The backboard carries a five-year warranty while the rim is
backed by a one-year warranty.
As a Division of Russell Corporation, the
Spalding Group consists of three business units: Spalding in Springfield, MA;
American Athletic, Inc. in Jefferson, IA; and Huffy Sports, in Sussex, WI. The
three companies, collectively combined, are now the largest basketball equipment
supplier in the world. Spalding is the official basketball supplier of the
National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball
Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official
volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and the official football of
the Arena Football League (AFL) and Pop Warner.
Basketball System Buying
With the high-quality construction of many
portable basketball systems, turning your driveway into a basketball court can
be as simple as hooking up your garden hose. But while a portable system may
ultimately be your best choice, there are reasons you may want to consider an
in-ground or wall-mount system before you decide.
are permanently cemented into the ground--either via a bolt mounting kit or
directly into the ground--and are generally more rigid and take up less space
than portables. In-ground systems often require that you hire a professional to
complete the task, but when the cement dries you'll have a hoop that can take
punishing dunks with ease.
Many in-ground systems are height-adjustable, include removable post features
that let you take the system down for off-season storage, and feature heavy-duty
break-away rims. You'll also want to research the adjustable mechanisms on the
systems, as there are several types to choose from. Some feature a
counter-balance spring that lets you perform easy, one-hand adjustments while
others may feature a sturdy, pneumatic system.
can be mounted to the side of a house, a tall retaining wall, or a garage.
Generally sturdier than portables, wall-mounts have the added advantage of
optimizing your existing ground space for the court, since you won't take any
space up with the base or pole. Not all systems include the necessary hardware,
so make certain you add a mounting kit to your list.
require minimal installation and offer ultimate convenience. These systems
generally feature a base that can be filled with sand or water to stabilize them
and include wheels for portability. Although they are not as sturdy as in-ground
or wall-mounted hoops, portables are simple to set up and can often be folded
for convenient storage.
Regardless of which system you choose, you'll
want to brush up on Backboards 101. Most residential systems feature backboards
made of acrylic, fiberglass, graphite, or various other composite materials.
While clear acrylic gives the professional look and feel of glass, it is not as
rigid as fiberglass or graphite. Some systems may offer steel or aluminum
backboards, which are virtually vandal resistant, but don't offer the true
The regulation size of an NBA backboard is 72 inches wide and 42 inches high.
Most portable hoops are 42 or 44 inches wide and 36 inches tall. In-ground
systems tend to be a bit larger, with 54-inch and 60-inch widths being the most
popular. While rectangular shaped backboards provide more bank shot
opportunities, they are generally more expensive than the streamlined fan-shaped