Note: Chocolate Buttercream mixed with a small amount of White Buttercream may be used instead of white buttercream tinted brown.
In advance, make basketball shells. Tint melted white candy with candy colors (orange with small amounts of red and blue). Fill two Mini Ball Pan cavities with melted candy. Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes, just until candy begins to set. Remove from refrigerator and pour out excess melted candy, leaving a shell coating inside pan. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold when set and attach halves with melted candy. Use end of flower nail to score seams in ball.
Ice bottoms of feet and inside of ears smooth with spatula. Cut dowel rod to 3 1/2 in. and insert 1 1/2 in. into cake to extend right arm 2 in. Pipe-in tip 4 facial features (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Outline jersey with tip 4. Cover fur and jersey with tip 16 stars. Pipe tip 4 number on jersey. Position ball next to cake.
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