Nba May Return To The Previous Ball.

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dunker56

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San Antonio Express-News - NBA commissioner David Stern said Sunday the league will consider going back to its traditional leather basketball if Spalding's new synthetic model doesn't hold up to further testing.

Several players, most notably Miami's Shaquille O'Neal, have complained the new basketball becomes too slick when wet.

"We have sent out the most stringent testing crew to see what there is to the issue," Stern said in a round-table discussion with five reporters before Sunday's game between the Spurs and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the French capital. "Right now our plans are to stay the course, but we will monitor it and if we find there is something to it and it is a serious issue, we will take the appropriate steps because the most important thing to us is the game.

"We have gone out and done tests. We have wet both balls. When the leather ball is wet at the end of the game, it is very slippery. But with the new ball, all you have got to do is put in a new ball because they are all the same, all the time.

"One of the benefits Spalding stressed to us is that it is a better ball, it has a more modern approach to the grip that would endure. But the game is uppermost in our mind."

Current NBA rules dictate only one ball can be used during a game. It can be dried with a towel, but can't be substituted for a different ball. A league official, however, said that rule could be altered to allow the new synthetic balls to be switched out when they become too slick.

Stern also said Spalding suggested changing to the new ball.

"They came to us and said they had a technology that will improve the ball," Stern said. "They said that we are the only sport, professional or college — the last sport — using leather and that they had a way to improve it.

"They came to us several years ago and we said we would have to see the technology working. They wanted to launch it one year ago, but we said no.

"We used it in the (developmental league), used it in the summer league, had players test it individually and, a year later, they said they had improved it even more. We said, 'OK, let's go.' So that's what we did."

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Babe_Ruth

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I dont really think that they're going to go back to the old ball, because they put a lot of time and effort, and they invested a lot in this ball, some people might not like the feel of it, but they're going to have to get used to it, they just got to remember these are all new balls, and they need to be worn out for maybe a year or so, then they'll be saying they love the ball.
 
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dunker56

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I never actullly felt or used the balll so i don't really care. A balls a ball just play ball.
 

Fresh

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Well i mean verteran players, are problably gonna be the hardest one's to adjust to this just because they have been using the other ball for so long. It will be difficult if the ball is as slippery as everyone says it is, this could mean an increase in turnovers.
 
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BostonBallin

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Well i mean verteran players, are problably gonna be the hardest one's to adjust to this just because they have been using the other ball for so long. It will be difficult if the ball is as slippery as everyone says it is, this could mean an increase in turnovers.
ture, mabye they should use multiple balls like they use in football?