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  • Basketballs: synthetic or leather?

    okay I haven't been paying much attention to the NBA. It lost it's charm in the late 90's (not that it ever had much). But the ball controversy is kind of interesting. I'm not sure if I ever handled a synthetic ball (no jokes please). I can't really say what the difference is. Leather seems more traditional, but if european leagues and international competitions are using synthetics, it may be a disadvantage to us in world competitions.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2694335
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    33.33%
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    who cares- as long as it is banana colored
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  • #2
    Leather. Europe? Europe doesn't count for much.
    Let them make their soccer balls synthetic.
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    • #3
      Apparently the synthetics are hard to grip when covered in sweat. And they get covered in sweat a lot.

      I say, if it ain't broke, don't break it.

      Leather
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      • #4
        Apparently the synthetics are hard to grip when covered in sweat. And they get covered in sweat a lot.
        Oh, the horror. The shooting percentages are up with the new ball.

        I really don't care, but the way they've handled the ball change looks disorganized, amateurish. Little input and they should have at least went a whole season.
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        • #5
          I also heard about the microfiber composite being too grippy when dry, as some players were getting cuts on their fingertips. Also the bounces off the rim and backboard were different.

          The NBA is a star-driven league. When your stars are complaining about the new ball, and then getting injured by it, it's bad.
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          • #6
            Re: Basketballs: synthetic or leather?

            Originally posted by Dis
            okay I haven't been paying much attention to the NBA


            I vote for whichever option the college players like better.
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            • #7
              Leather. Mmmmm, leather...

              Shooting was, BTW, up all of about 1.3 percent. BFD.
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              • #8
                From concentrating more? That's all it could be.
                Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
                "Hating America is something best left to Mobius. He is an expert Yank hater.
                He also hates Texans and Australians, he does diversify." ~ Braindead

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                • #9
                  Supposedly the synthetics are rounder, lacking the natural variation in density and thus providing a truer bounce.

                  It will be interesting to see what happens when they change back Jan. 1.
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                  • #10
                    I heard the synthetics didn't bounce as much, so shots that wouldn't normally go in with leather, because they'd bounce too hard off the board, would die and drop in.
                    Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. - Ben Franklin
                    Iain Banks missed deadline due to Civ | The eyes are the groin of the head. - Dwight Schrute.
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                    • #11
                      Leather all the way baby!!
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