After reading all of the complaints from around the league about the new ball, I was wondering if the league would admit they made a mistake and go back to the old leather balls.
An article on ESPN.com answers that question for us.
Speaking to reporters in Paris before Sunday's exhibition game between the San Antonio Spurs and Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Stern conceded for the first time that reverting to the old leather ball is a possibility if the rigorous testing he has just ordered validates the widespread complaints about the ball -- particularly its tendency to become slippery when wet.
"Right now our plans are to stay the course, but we will monitor it and if we find there is something to it and it is a serious issue, we will take the appropriate steps because the most important thing to us is the game."
So, if the players continue to complain and if the ball does cause problems during games, we may see a change back to the old ball.
Hey there, Luke. Sorry, don't know anything about it (you'll probably have to wait till the regular season to get a glimpse of it).
I would hate to play with a slippery basketball. I'm guessing we can expect to see a sharp increase in turnovers per game just because the ball will be slipping out of the hands. We'll also see more missed dunks and a slight drop in FG%.