Shaquille O'Neal of the Miami Heat ripped the NBA's new basketball, calling it "terrible".
"I think the new ball is terrible,'' O'Neal said Monday. "It's the worst decision some expert, whoever did it, made...The NBA's been around how long? A hundred years? Fifty years? So to change it now, whoever that person is needs his college degree revoked. It's a terrible decision.'' He also said that shooting percentages will plummet and turnovers will rise with the change.
Mark Cuban owns the Dallas Mavericks basketball team.
"I asked the University of Texas at Arlington Physics department to take a look at both the new and old NBA basketballs. I asked them to compare the two and let me know what they thought. No preconceived notions. No prejudice. Just science."
The details of their findings and proceedures can be seen on his blog, Blog Maverick
Two findings in particular should be considered. The synthetic balls became much more slippery when wet. The synthetic balls bounce was also found to be more erratic. The scientists thought this was probably due to 20 per cent of the balls surface being embossed with logos and text.
At this stage, please note that all measurements should be considered preliminary. The UTA researchers plan further tests to continue evaluating the ball.
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