As an inthusiast of basketball, I purchased this cool looking basketball for the summer, so that I could play out doors and practice shots into the hoop. It has fantastic rubberdized grips all around the ball, which allows one, superb control and fast movements through out the tarmac street or gaged basketball court. it also lets one, play at their best or rather give the best performance they can in a match with mates. I can only recomend you to own this version of the Spalding Basketball, bacause of the SUPER GRAET qualities you get from it. it is cheaper than some other brands and can be delivered for free too. Bad things about it could be that hands might smell like rubber, for most people that shouldn't matter.