When the Clothes Almost Ruined the Basketball

The sport is mutant. It was all white, only Americans, only giants. It was already thrown in the bottle alone. There was no line of three. They took a four-point line. He was rushed, walked. On the block, almost everything has rolled. And almost everything has changed.

The same in the accessories and equipment. The All Star gave way to the Nikes, their shorts got shorter and shorter, and when they could not diminish further, they began to grow to the knee again. The shirts are not just more races and more style learning in www.diseaseslearning.com.

To the most inattentive, only one thing seems to have passed untouched by all this: the basketball. Always the size of a watermelon, orange and with that quique characteristic, not too full, not too empty.

But ten years ago, the league went through two months of controversy, just when half a dozen top hats decided to change the “working tool” of the athletes without consulting them.

In the offseason of 2006, Spalding launched a new ball that promised better performance and a more natural reaction when it comes in contact with sweat.The promise was that, unlike the classic ball, it would not require systematic breaks throughout the match to be dried. The material, synthetic, was also more environmentally friendly than the leather used until then.

The great trick was that no league player tested the new ball. They only had in contact with the new oranges, in another tone of color and with a different design in the ‘seams’, in the preseason. With the passing of the games, the promise of performance has not been confirmed. Not that it worsened the game itself-it did not improve, did not make the turnovers numbers worse or kicking despite the promise to make it easier for the athletes to play-but the players felt uncomfortable with the move .

The main complaint was that the material caused some cuts on the hands. The absorption of moisture was also not legal. There were those who complained that, because of this, the ball never left the hand in the same way. Now he was clutching more than he should, now he escaped involuntarily.

When it was launched, Spalding, the maker of the balls, said ex-players had made tests to prove the improvements. Steve Kerr and Mark Jackson, the brand’s guinea pigs, then came out to say that they had only spent one afternoon hitting the ball and had not identified any abnormalities at that time.

A similar prototype had been used in the previous year’s All Star Game and in some D-League matches without major complaints, but also without enough hours of gameplay for athletes to form opinions.

Shaq, Nash, Nowitzki, Kidd … everyone complained about the ball, but the league did not speak at first. The NBA, I imagine, did not want to undermine what she thought could be a commercial success-after all, it was the first change in the game ball in 35 years and only the second in the history of American professional basketball. Visual from four to six ‘buds’ in order to make it more stable for quique). Spalding was his most enduring partner, and the fear was to shoot the sponsor’s foot.

But there is no marketing that will stand up to the top stars by showing off their scratched fingers after the games or a Shaquille Oneal aiming for the ball after missing a free throw(even though his achievement has been ghastly throughout his career). Two months later, NBA boss David Stern admitted he was collecting complaints to assess what would be done. Faced with the fear of a technological adaptation that would result in an even worse Frankenstein, the most desired alternative was for the old leather ball to return to the courts.

And, at the turn of the year, that’s what happened. The NBA went back and made the mistake of not having thoroughly tested the innovation among the players. Public admission of error worked. In an implicit agreement-or not, I dunno-players once again played with the old leather ball and everyone sort of pretended that those two months never happened.

Since then, no crazy executive or scientist has dared to play the NBA Orange again.