Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. The official rules involve two teams of five players trying to score points by putting a basketball through the opposing team's hoop. The sport is played around the world at the professional level, intercollegiate, and all the way down to the pickup games at the local park, common among adults and children. The game, invented by Dr. James Naismith over 100 years ago, has evolved into into a beautiful showcase of artistry and athleticism. At the same time, basketball is a simple sport that beginners can pick up and enjoy immensely. From the local parks to packed NBA stadiums, the right equipment can help players get leg up on the competition.
Basketball sneakers are not a necessity to playing a casual game of basketball in the park, but they are immensely popular. Many people view basketball sneakers as status symbols. The most popular styles are designed by professional players, such as the renowned Air Jordans, designed by the legendery Michael Jordan and made by Nike. Basketball shoes are often pricey and are worn on and off the court by stylish fans. It is important to buy a pair of sneakers that not only fit your personal style, but also fit your foot comfortably. Look for sneakers that are made of durable, breathable materials. They should feature mid-foot, heel, and ankle support and a quality lacing system that will keep you safe while shooting hoops.
A quality basketball goal can greatly improve your gaming experience and expertise. You can bet almost every basketball hall of famer perfected his/her jumpshot as a youngster on a personal goal. Goals and hoops are commonly placed on garages, walls, and metal poles, but complete basketball systems can be set up anywhere and they can be adjusted to any height.
Having the right gear is almost as important as your performance on the court. You can't show up with jeans and a t-shirt, so having a jersey, shorts and socks is a must.
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