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    Default NBA Goes Leather Free!


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    Excellent!!!!

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    Default Re: NBA Goes Leather Free!

    Great. Now imagine if they made the shoes pleather as well.
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    Default Synthetic balls in the NBA...

    As i'm sure some of you know (or don't, as i'm pretty new to this board and have no idea what you guys are into), the NBA recently overturned its decision (mid-season, mind you) to replace the traditional leather ball with a new microfiber composite ball (read: leather free!). The reason for the reversal was the overwhelmingly vocal resistance from the NBA's players, which included an unfair labor practice charge against the NBA filed by the player's union (the ultimate catalyst in getting the leather ball back).
    The strangest thing about the entire scenerio? Dispite player claims that the ball had an uncomfortable grip when dry, became too slippery when wet, and had an unnatural bounce, shooting percentages have actually increased since the microfiber ball came into play compared to previous seasons!
    According to some articles, however, NBA commish David Stern is looking to work with Spalding to create a synthetic ball the players can agree on for use in the near future.
    I've gotta say, as welcome as the idea is, why is he making such an agressive push towards a leather free basketball?
    Could we have a closet vegan in our midst? I couldn't find any online references towards his stance on animal product consumption, but i'd love to know...

    This article addresses the topic a bit more if you're interested (though something tells me no one will be...)

    http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/9902180
    Last edited by VeganPeace; Jan 4th, 2007 at 12:13 AM. Reason: This was the first post in a similar thread.

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    Default Re: Synthetic balls in the NBA...

    Unfortunately, they are going back to real leather.

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/...A_New_Ball.php
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    Default Re: Synthetic balls in the NBA...

    Yeah, that's what my post was about...


    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Mr. Stern and Spalding to find something the players can deal with.

    In the meantime, how's this for a zinger:

    http://blog.peta.org/archives/2006/1...?c=petablognba

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    Oh, oops. I just quickly skimmed.
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    Default Re: Synthetic balls in the NBA...

    I don't think David Stern will change his decision again, at least not this season. Hopefully they will do it next season.

    And if they do it, I hope FIBA will as well, in Europe they use MOLTEN leather balls.

    By the way I loved Peta's letter !

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    Default Re: NBA Goes Leather Free!

    Yeah, it was hillarious. The shots at LeBron and Shaq were priceless...
    Though oddly enough, i haven't seen any mention of it on any of the Espn shows... i think i'm going to write a letter to Pardon the Interruption now that i think about it.

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