NBA to switch back to leather game ball
The NBA announced today that on January 1, 2007,
it will return to the leather game ball made by Spalding, for the remainder
of the 2006-07 season.
“Our players' response to this particular composite ball has been
consistently negative and we are acting accordingly," said NBA Commissioner
David Stern. “Although testing performed by Spalding and the NBA
demonstrated that the new composite basketball was more consistent than
leather, and statistically there has been an improvement in shooting,
scoring, and ball-related turnovers, the most important statistic is the
view of our players.”
"In the meantime, we will work with our players and our partners at
Spalding to determine the best possible ball for the NBA."
The NBA Development League will continue using the new composite ball to
evaluate its performance over a longer period of time. The WNBA will
continue to use a different composite ball that it has used since 1998.
Spalding has been the Official Game Ball Supplier of the NBA since 1983.
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