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Amazon.com also has as an Add-On Item: Spalding NBA Street Basketball (28.5", Intermediate) on sale for $8.55. Shipping is free w/ order $25+ (qualifying items shipped & sold by Amazon). Thanks brisar

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Walmart.com has Spalding NBA Street Basketball (28.5", Intermediate) on sale for $9.44. Select free store pickup where available, otherwise shipping is free with orders $35+.
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Spalding NBA Street Basketball (Intermediate, 28.5") for $9.44
Walmart: Pick up in store or free shipping on $35+
Amazon: Add-on item, must spend $25
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Actually, it is official size. It just depends on who is using it. Wink
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Not official size, fyi
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I highly do NOT RECOMMEND this ball.

This is a RUBBER BALL not composite leather. It's more grippy and some people might want that, but it's really better to get an indoor/outdoor that has composite leather. Honestly, it's best to get the Costco ball that uses "premium" composite leather which is around $20.

Some people might argue that the extra grippy balls are better for kids because it'll help with their handling/dribbling/etc, but I think it's a bad habit to start at an early age to use these. Also, maybe it might build up their confidence, but these balls also cause way more finger-jams, so they aren't very safe in that regard.

If $20 seems a bit much, I think Walmart has the "non-premium" composite leather indoor/outdoor ball for $16 right now. The Costco one is the best deal for the quality and price.

I've been researching basketballs these past few days since I'm picking up basketball again, and the Costco ball is probably the best bang for the buck. If you want to spring more for an indoor ball, Wilson Evolution or NCAA official balls are great, but they are a bit pricey. On sale, they run around $40-50. Retail is $60-70. The benefits of a more expensive indoor ball is that the materials used are more premium, the ball is more spherical and stays spherical, retains its psi better, etc. Remember though that these balls should be used indoors only.

edit add: I know the "more spherical" sounds like a minor issue, but even though a ball may look round, the inner rubber is made of a stronger rubber that retains its shape as opposed to a more elastic and shape-shifting rubber. It creates more consistency in the way the ball bounces and feels. I say that if your child is on or aspires to be on a high school team and beyond, these higher-end balls are worth it. Or if you're an adult and are serious about improving your game, these are worth it as well.

Lastly, I ended up just buying a ball on craigslist for $10 (a new non-premium composite leather Spalding) until I decide on exactly what higher-end ball I want to get and at a slickdeal price. I was going to get the Costco ball, but opted not to because I found this $10 ball on craigslist close to my house. Ultimately, I do want to get the official NBA ball that's made of leather because it's the official ball, but that's like $130-180 so yea, not right now. I'm rambling now. DONT GET THIS BALL!
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Not official size, fyi
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Not official size, fyi
Actually, it is official size. It just depends on who is using it. Wink
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Official woman's size
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Would this be a better ball for my 11 year old nephew then a standard size?
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Would this be a better ball for my 11 year old nephew then a standard size?
Yes, this would be the official size for an 11 year old boy. This is the size ball for 12 and under and middle school boys.
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Great deal but terrible at basketball.
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Great deal but terrible at basketball.
Good to know that 'teahead' should always be picked last.
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Official woman's size
Kids size
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FYI - this is made of rubber. Not composite leather.
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It's perfect size for my 7-year-old boy . Nice deal.
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Kids size
16 years boy?
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I have this ball. I'd compare it to a kickball jelly ball from the old days of recess. It doesn't have any defined panels...one big rubber finger jammer.
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Thanks op! Got one for my nephew for his Christmas gift.
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