Moisten the needle before attempting to pump up a basketball. Learn how to air up a ball in this free basketball video.
In this segment I would be discussing proper ways to pump up basketballs just in case you don't know every ball has a hole. Here is our hole for our ball, let me bring it in closer so you can see. You don't want, this is just a simple pump it is really not expensive they have better basketball pumps but this is probably one of the least expensive ones that you can get. You want to moisten your needle as well as the area where the hole is being by salvia or some kind of lubrication. I just use my salvia and I stick it there. Now if you do that without moisten the needle it is not good for the hole or your needle you can get it bent or stuck. After you have your needle in then you can begin by pumping until it gets pretty firm you don't want to put too much area in it or it would be too hard and it would bounce to high. You just want it firm. Once you get firm then you can take the needle out and you would be ready to go. The main thing to remember is to moisten your needle as well as the hole.