Review of the Lifetime 90073 Portable Basketball System


lifetime 90073Main Features: Lifetime 90073

  • Solid steel orange rim
  • Telescoping pole adjusts in height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet
  • 44 inch acrylic backboard
  • Attaches to 27 gallon roller base
  • Portable basketball system for easy movement
  • 5 year warranty

If you have a beginning baller at your house that is looking to spend more time shooting hoops and running drills or you want a new basketball system that is portable, economical, and durable enough for moderate use, you may not want to spend a lot of money. For kids, beginners, and those who just want casual play, there’s little point in spending thousands of dollars on a high-end portable basketball system. Luckily, there is a wide market of portable basketball hoops that will meet your needs in this lower price point. One such hoop is the Lifetime Courtside 90073 Portable basketball system.

We’ll take some time today to look a little more closely at the features of the Lifetime Courtside 90073 Portable Basketball System. For the price, this hoop offers plenty of quality features that will allow for plenty of play and casual shooting.

This model features a 44 inch acrylic fusion backboard, which is sold in various colors. The clear acrylic is strong, and framed by a sturdy polyethylene framing system; it gives your hoop the look of a tempered glass backboard without the hefty price tag. The colorful backboard graphics are UV protected, so you don’t have to worry about the colors fading in the sunlight over time and making your hoop look worn and aged. Lifetime builds this hoop with a Makrolon backboard which is shatterproof, so even if your games heat up, the intensity won’t lead to a broken backboard.

Like many other portable basketball systems, the Lifetime Courtside 90073’s hoop height can be raised and lowered according to your needs. The hoop can be adjusted from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in 6 inch increments; we found the hoop to be easy to raise by teens and adults, although children would likely need some help. This allows younger players to play at a level comfortable to them, and aspiring slam dunkers to practice increasing their vertical height little by little as they grow.

The pole that holds the hoop is 2.75 inches in diameter and is made from powder-coated steel for rust resistance and durability. The pole comes in three pieces that fit together seamlessly for a great fit and strong foundation.

Since this Lifetime hoop is fairly basic and made for the beginning or casual player, the Lifetime Courtside 90073 Basketball System comes with a solid steel orange rim, but not with a breakaway rim as some higher-priced models do. Players cannot make the high-intensity shots that a breakaway rim can handle on this hoop, however, beginning players will have no problem with this sturdy, solid rim.lifetime 90073 rim

The base of a portable basketball system is of great importance, as a good base allows the hoop to stay strong through high winds and weather, as well as tough games with minimal shaking.

While the Lifetime Courtside 90073 comes with a 27 gallon base which can be filled with sand or water, various reviewers commented on the base being bulkier than it looked in photos. The base is a seamless one-piece design, so that leaking and cracking are minimized. The plastic of the base is also UV protected, so that weather conditions of various types won’t damage the plastic base. The 27 gallon capacity holds 225 pounds of water or 378 pounds of sand, which will weigh down the hoop through moderate play and weather.

For the most part, assembly of the Lifetime 90073 Portable Basketball system is fairly easy and not too time consuming, given you have the correct tools prepared. Lifetime features helpful customer service if you come upon missing pieces or questions, and their 5 year limited warranty comes into play on many of the pieces and parts.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • Made in USA
  • Five year warranty is provided by Lifetime for this hoop so that you can buy with confidence
  • Cool colors and graphics on the backboard
  • Nice range of height with easy maneuverability
  • Great price point for those wanting a starter hoop

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Easier assembly instructions would aide in the time consuming assembly process
  • A more streamlined base
  • More protection around the backboard
  • A higher-quality breakaway rim

B.O.B Lifetime 90073 Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Overall, the Lifetime 90073 Portable Basketball is a great value but will not perform up to the standard of players who are used to gymnasium basketball hoops.  Great for beginners this hoop is family oriented and great if you are on a tight budget but want to bring the game of basketball to your home. If this describes your hoop buying situation then a couple other hoops to look into include the Lifetime 1269 and the Lifetime 1221.


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Nick Daniels is the founder of BestOutdoorBasketball.net. As a longtime lover of basketball and a practicing school psychologist, Nick is able to offer unique insights about the game in regard to tips, guides, and the psychology of the game.

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