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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2006; 3:19 PM ET
Categories:  Weirdness , Wizards  
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Here's 1 vote for a return of the ABA bball...

Posted by: jhorstma | October 27, 2006 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Here's 1 vote for a return of the ABA bball...

Posted by: jhorstma | October 27, 2006 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Judging by the nubmer of one votes, jhorstma obviously lives in Florida or Montomery County.

Posted by: Kim | October 27, 2006 3:28 PM | Report abuse

nubmer? Montomery? short bus?

Posted by: jhorstma | October 28, 2006 10:59 PM | Report abuse

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