If you’ve ever walked through a ghetto in New York or watched a movie or documentary about them, then you are probably familiar with the milk crate basketball hoop. Lebron James has even been quoted saying that he grew up using one. Hopefully you are fortunate enough to be able to afford a real basketball hoop such as a wall-mounted, portable or in-ground hoop.
Wall-mounted hoops are commonly seen mounted to garages in suburban neighborhoods. They are very sturdy so they provide a bounce that is truer than portable hoops which are less stable. Since there is no pole or base that portable hoops have you can save space. Some models come with extensions that push the hoop outward allowing you to play under the hoop. Other models are made for the backboard to be flush with the wall minimizing any action under the hoop.
Portable basketball hoops are probably even more common in suburban neighborhoods as they are easy to install, convenient and cheap in price. They typically have a base that is a tank that you fill with water or sand and wheels on the bottom for easy transportation. They are not as sturdy as wall-mounted or in-ground hoops resulting in rebounds that are less realistic. Many models can be folded so you can store them away in the off-season.
The in-ground basketball hoop are what you see in the playgrounds of schools and public parks. Since they are cemented into the ground they provide a very stable backboard, realistic rebounds and harsh slams. Since there is no base like portable hoops they take up less ground space but you may need to hire a professional if you are unfamiliar with cementing. Some systems have a removable post feature so you can put your hoop away in the winter.