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# Why does a basketball bounce?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

14y ago

I do not think they naturally have backspin. The backspin is applied by the player and also depends how the throw is made.

Wiki User

16y ago

Wiki User

12y ago

The spin your fingers put on the ball that allows the ball to spin opposite the way you shoot it.

Wiki User

12y ago

The basic answer is: It allows you to gain maximum speed, trejectory and power on your shot release. But there is way more to consider.....

Wiki User

11y ago

because if it doesn't have any spin it my be too strong or if it bounces off the backboard or the back of the rim that it will spin back into the basket

Wiki User

14y ago

Because it has air in it.

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