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Item Number (DPCI): 088-08-0255
Bring the arena to your driveway with the Spalding NBA 50" Exactaheight Portable Hoop System. This portable hoop system includes a durable polycarbonate backboard that's clear and padded to mimic the professional court. It gives you a good bounce on your bank shots and comes with a steel breakaway rim. You can change the height of the rim in 6-inch increments from 7.5 feet to the regulation 10 feet. Take it to the net, with the Spalding NBA 50" Exactaheight Portable Hoop System.
Purchased April 2019 and the backboard cracked when the boys were playing. Pieces of backboard came down and now there is a big hole. I am going to contact Spalding with the hope they will come through with a new backboard, but I already see that they may require I ship the backboard to them. Will see.
First thing first, one of the videos in the product page is not the this product itself. It shows base storage but it is for another model;
Second, the menu sucks. It doesn't tell you which pack/kit to start with you would have to guess. Overall the menu doesn't look professional at all;
Third, the longest post contains 3 shorter pieces and there is no screws to secure them together. You basically insert them end to end and slam the whole thing on the ground to get I think 3.5" overlapping. Once inserted there is no way humans can pull it out. Safety concern there;
Fourth, the base is basically a water tank. You fill water to make it heavy and sturdy. The menu suggests to fill water after everything is installed besides the rim. I mean it is very dangerous to bring it upright with the backboard installed without a heavy base. I filled the tank first before bring it upright so it would not fall. SERIOUS safety concern;
Fifth, some parts don't fit.
Sixth, the base preludes out so the ball always hits the base if you make a bucket. Then it will go flying on the ground and you will have to run as fast as you can to save it before it is too late;
Seventh, the two wheels are almost damaged after I moved its location twice (10 ft apart). The wheels are make from soft plastic so don't expect them to last;
Eighth, there is no way to move the whole thing as suggested by the menu without another person's help. You lift the base, pivoting at the wheels, then the rim would hit the ground;
Ninth, there is no way to drain the water at the base. The cap faces upward so if you want to drain it you would have to put the whole thing upside down to do so, which is impossible. Best case scenario is lay it down side way and empty half of it, then leave the cap open and let it evaporates. A simple plug on the side can fix it;
Last but not least, I would NOT recommend this.
The only nice thing about this hoop is the quality of the backboard. HOWEVER...putting it together was a pain. You have to have the poles 100% perfectly aligned or the hoop is going to be crooked. So they want you to keep the poles aligned while dropping the poles on wood so they slide 3.5 inches into each other. Absolutely ridiculous that you pay that much for a basketball hoop for it to be crooked because once the poles slide into each other there is no removing them. The backboard rattles a lot when you shoot on it. The pads or bumpers on the bottom of the backboard don't fit snug and wiggle or shake when you hit the backboard. We now have to turn our base a little towards the street so that the backboard is straight in the driveway. Just overall annoying for the money you pay for it.
Its nice but not the most sturdy. We painstakingly filled the base with pea gravel instead of water to prevent worries of the water freezing and cracking.
Also the 3 sections of posts slip into each other and DO NOT bolt together which is a major safety concern. As you know kids like to hang on the post and do all sorts of other stupid stuff on the basketball hoop. A post section actually fell apart as we were assembling it. STRONGLY advise parents buy self tapping screws to bolt the posts together, especially if you live in a windy area or have wild kids (who doesnt). We added 8 self tapping screws total (2 on each side of the poles where it overlaps 3 inches).
Though the box and packaging were badly damaged when the basketball hoop arrived, the backboard and hoop were fortunately intact. It is a gift, and hopefully will provide years of enjoyment for my grandson and his family.