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October 09, 2006

NBA - Playing with old balls: The uproar among the players in the NBA has forced David Stern to announce that the NBA may abandon the new synthetic basketball in favor of the 30 year old model.

posted by timdawg to basketball at 02:31 PM - 14 comments

Thou shalt not editorialize in a front page post, timdawg. Opinions go in comments, even (maybe especially) the opinions of the FPPer.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:00 PM on October 09

Editorialize much? Maybe I'm crazy, but it seems like we were having this discussion in another FPP. In fact, if I remember correctly, I'd say it hasn't even been five days, but I'm getting old, so my senses fail me occasionally.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:07 PM on October 09

Playing with old balls ...

What is the name of Anna Nicole Smith's autobiography?

posted by rcade at 03:31 PM on October 09

Sorry about the opinion. The NBA just gets me mad sometimes and the reason for the redux is the newsflash that the league may actually re-consider because of the whining

posted by timdawg at 03:40 PM on October 09

I liked the NBA a lot better pre-Madonna.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 03:48 PM on October 09

A lot people just don't like change; that goes for NBA players, NFL, MLB and regular joes. If you complain enough about something or get enough people to complain about something that affects your job, then you too can get some things changed!

posted by bkdet at 03:50 PM on October 09

If a majority of the players think the new ball is no good, then I would think that they are probably right. Some idiots who don't have near the skill level of the pros, and don't have to use the ball to make their living, made the decision to change it. The ball is distributed to, and handled by, every player on the team more frequently in basketball than any other sport, why should they have to use one they don't like? And why should they not have input on any changes? I'm takin' The Big Aristotle's side on this one.

posted by mjkredliner at 03:56 PM on October 09

If someone came to your work and changed your computer system without asking you about it, I can guarantee you would all be crying about it. I've seen it happen at my office, with chairs. One day we come in to new chairs (which I actually liked) and a few people were threatening to quit by the end of the day. I now it sounds ridiculous but its life. People have a natural tendency to avoid change at all costs.

posted by LA-4-Life at 04:20 PM on October 09

Let's look at the real situation here. This is corporate greed at it's finest yet again. The ball wears out quicker, therefore you need to buy a new ball more often. For the pro's no big deal, the balls are free. For the kid on the street that wants to be in the show, that's another $75+ for Spalding with the NBA getting their cut. When I was a lad playing ball daily, I had a leather ball that was 4 years old and I loved it, the feel, the smell, and the price.

posted by pmoody50 at 04:38 PM on October 09

Anybody else wish that the NBA would quit playing with its balls and just make up its mind, one way or the other, already?

posted by apoch at 09:02 PM on October 09

I think David Stern just likes to have controversy before the start of every season to get people talking about NBA, etc. Last year it was the dress code now this. He finds ways to remind these 20 yr old Millionaires who the real boss man is and that they can't do anything about it.

posted by warstda at 06:55 AM on October 10

You can't blame Spaulding for wanting a world-wide monopoly on basketballs, but it does seem slightly riduculous that a basketball could wear to such a degree it had to be changed out during the course of a single game.

posted by jaygolf at 09:49 AM on October 10

The players play with what they get. Hockey made changes most didn't like, football & baseball too. Get over it, cash your weekly $200,000 check and get into your Porche and go to a party.

posted by Psycho at 10:10 PM on October 10

Playing with old balls ... Ah, is Doc here? Doc is NOT here. ah.

posted by tommytrump at 10:19 PM on October 10

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