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Basketball backboards are not created equal – and the disparity is important when choosing one for your family. 1. Get a strong frame Even though some basketball goals may have the desirable ½-inch glass backboard, it is supported sandwiched in an aluminum frame. Aluminum is weak with a lot of flex in it. Therefore, rebound characteristics during play are inconsistent over the surface of the backboard. Three (3) Goalrilla Basketball Goal systems have a ½-inch glass backboard that is fully supported by a welded tube steel frame. Steel is strong and has little flex in it. The welded wide span… Read more »

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In basketball, a rim is a rim is a rim – right? No, big guy – that’s not right – in fact it is a serious wrong. Let’s get technical here for a minute and talk some physics. Let me set the stage for you – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said that if his team out rebounded the other team, his team would come out with a win. We’re talking rebounding here and rims are an integral part of that. Rims can be hard or soft. No, not the rims themselves, it has to do with how tight the rim is… Read more »

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A little confidence goes a long way. Yeah, right – but on the basketball court? Yes, especially on the basketball court. Coaches can help most players improve shooting form to improve their shooting percentage, but that doesn’t mean those shots will score. Some players just don’t have the touch – or the confidence. There’s a difference between a shooter and a scorer. Take Elgin Baylor – if you don’t know, he is considered the progenitor of Michael Jordan – he could shoot and he could score. Known as a player whose bottom half might be off balance, the top half… Read more »

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Growing up, there wasn’t a street in town that didn’t have some garages with basketball hoops. They were those white fan-shaped backboards attached with a web of 2×4 planks (which caught every wayward ball). Most had the shooting square outlined with bright orange tape – that is, if the elements hadn’t deteriorated the tape or faded it so badly you couldn’t really see it. Those basketball hoops were for the casual players – the groups of kids in pick-up games. The kids who were really serious about basketball were seldom seen playing – maybe practicing a few free throws. I… Read more »

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