Testing the Basketballs, Part Two: The Look
Not trusting my sense of aesthetics, NBA editor Alexa Steele lined up Michael O'Sullivan, art critic for The Post's Weekend section, to compose this entry. Michael writes:
Viewed from the side, with its web of criss-crossing black lines, the old game ball resembled nothing so much as the musty old globe logo of the now-defunct Pan American World Airways -- a subconscious evocation of collapse and failure that is hardly the image any successful NBA team would want to be associated with. The new ball, on the other hand, has a cleaner and more uncluttered look, with a surface that "feels" faster, lighter and more open. All excellent qualities in this game of speed, dexterity and teamwork. How unfortunate, then, that the patented, two-panel, interlocking cross design of the new ball should dredge up visual memories of the German Iron Cross, an infelicitous association with world domination. (On second thought, maybe that's not such a bad thing.) As for the play-it-safe "NBA-Heritage Orange Tone," puh-leeze. It looks like the same old thing to me.
Aerodynamics aside, you've got to give the pumpkin props for its bold break from the traditional basketball's quite literally hidebound color scheme.
October 27, 2006; 3:19 PM ET
Categories: Weirdness , Wizards
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