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It was a bad ball and it was damaging the palms of the players' hands. I fail to see how the PA was out of line in trying to get the leather ball back.

Oh I'm not saying they were out of line, because it made sense. The new ball sucked, the old ball was what they were accustomed to, and it was better, so yeah, good job PA.

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"long NBA nightmare"? Dude, it wasn't even two months. drop in the bucket compared to how long they've used leather.

I'm more impressed and giddier that they announced it on ESPNNews as "the NBA once again with leather." *tee-hee*

steven a. smith, quite frankly, thinks it's a crumb to the PA to give Stern leverage on the bigger deal, which is players barking at the refs (sheed rule). not quite as extreme as that, but I think that's probably the point of all this.

I just hope 2k and EA both release patches that put the leather ball back into their own respective games...

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It was a bad ball and it was damaging the palms of the players' hands. I fail to see how the PA was out of line in trying to get the leather ball back.

The "damage" to the player's hands is something that commonly happens with synthetic balls. The friction of the ball on the skin causes it to dry out, crack, and bleed.

The new ball is better in just about every way, except how the skin reacts to it.

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It was a bad ball and it was damaging the palms of the players' hands. I fail to see how the PA was out of line in trying to get the leather ball back.

The "damage" to the player's hands is something that commonly happens with synthetic balls. The friction of the ball on the skin causes it to dry out, crack, and bleed.

The new ball is better in just about every way, except how the skin reacts to it.

Yeah, minor detail.

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It was a bad ball and it was damaging the palms of the players' hands. I fail to see how the PA was out of line in trying to get the leather ball back.

The "damage" to the player's hands is something that commonly happens with synthetic balls. The friction of the ball on the skin causes it to dry out, crack, and bleed.

The new ball is better in just about every way, except how the skin reacts to it.

Yeah, minor detail.

Why dont they just change the material on the new ball to leather?

I thought it was pretty funny how the NBA wanted to stop being the only Pro b Ball league in the world to use a leather ball. But the thing im wondering is, dont ALL the major Pro US ballsports (other than golf and tennis of course) use a leather ball?

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Heres some interesting news from the Tacoma Tribune, via The Olympian in washington

Sonics equipment manager expects rebound on ball issue

Frank Hughes, The News Tribune

MILWAUKEE ? Though the NBA on Monday announced that it is going back to using leather game balls Jan. 1, Seattle SuperSonics equipment manager Marc St. Yves said he thinks it is only a temporary change.

From every indication, St. Yves said, the league is going to go back to using some sort of composite ball ? but only after Spalding, the ball?s maker, improves the design and gets input from players.

?Here is what I have been told,? St. Yves said. ?The current composite ball will remain in play in the (development) league. It will give them a full year to analyze that ball. They have also asked us to retain 24 of these composite balls in storage so when new variations come out, players can test them with newer versions.

?It sounds like they are going to have a composite ball down the road. And that?s why they are asking us to save the older composite balls, to say, ?Here are the balls you don?t like, compare these to those.? ?

The NBA switched from its traditional leather ball to a synthetic version this season with almost no warning, prompting a rash of complaints from players. The union filed a labor-relations grievance, contending the league did not seek input from players.

NBA commissioner David Stern said he was going to stay with the new ball, though he was open to listening to players. Then players apparently started suffering injuries in the form of abrasions and small cuts on their fingers from the new ball, prompting Monday?s announcement.

?I got a call about a week, week-and-a-half ago asking about skin abrasions,? St. Yves said. ?I said not that I have heard of. But then I went upstairs and talked to (trainer) Mike (Shimensky), and we did have a couple players who complained about them. In talking to other equipment mangers, it wasn?t like the players were complaining, but when asked about it, they said yeah, they had them.?

The news was met with mixed reaction from players. On one hand, they were glad to be going back to leather balls. On the other, they did not like the fact it is occurring in the middle of the season.

?It?s crazy,? forward Rashard Lewis said. ?We have to readjust in the middle of the season. And like I said, we can?t practice with the leather and play with the composite because it will mess us up.

?But now we have gotten to the point where we can?t complain about the leather ball because we complained about the synthetic ball and they granted our wish. If we complain about the leather ball, they are going to look at us like, ?What more do you want?? ?

Actually, St. Yves said teams might be forced to practice with both leather and synthetic balls because the league does not have a large quantity of game-ready leather balls in storage.

Essentially, the league is pooling all the leftover leather balls teams have. St. Yves said up to 12 teams did not have any. Spalding will run tests on them and then disburse them. In many cases, St. Yves said, teams will be playing games with another team?s name on the ball.

The league also is shipping out new balls to teams with the expectations that teams will break them in over the next few weeks. The only way to do that, St. Yves said, is to use them in practice, along with the composite balls.

?Unless somebody comes up with a better plan, that is what is going to have to happen,? St. Yves said. ?Is there something Spalding can do to the balls before they come to us to speed up the break-in period? They are looking into that.?

http://www.theolympian.com/103/story/55732.html

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Is this the biggest non-controversy ever? I watch a lot of NBA games, and to be honest, I couldn't tell the difference in gameplay between the new and old ball. Sure, the players were bitching, but history tells us that NBA players will bitch about anything and everything.

The only major impact is that Spalding's marketing is totally F'd over now that their hot new ball has officially been ruled inadequate.

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Hope PETA doesn't find out. :D

well..... ^_^

http://blog.peta.org/archives/2006/12/shaqs_sensitive.php

http://blog.peta.org/archives/Letter%20to%20NBA.pdf

So, after a few months of getting used to their new synthetic ball, the NBA has decided they need to switch back to balls made from cows next year. Because Steve Nash and Shaq didn't like the way the new balls grazed their delicate hands. This has been tough for us sports fans at PETA, because while we were delighted with the NBA's decision to use nonleather balls (as the NCAA has for years), we're also well aware of just how sensitive the hands of some NBA players are—much softer than college players' hands—and we'd hate for Nash, Shaq, or LeBron to ruin their manicures.

But we have a compromise that will save Shaq's skin and cowskins at the same time: Today, PETA's Campaign Manager Dan Shannon sent an open letter to NBA players, offering a lifetime supply of cruelty-free hand cream to anyone who's willing to give the composite ball another shot. You can read the letter here, and if you have any extra sensitive-skin hand cream lying around, you might want to send it along to some of these guys c/o the NBA. We just hate to see them suffer.

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