Synthetic Basketball

Description (Brief)
In the 2006 season, the National Basketball Association introduced a synthetic basketball to replace traditional leather models. The ball, made of a microfiber composite, was uniformly rejected by players and its use was discontinued after a mere three months.
This ball is an example of that failed experiment, provided by the Washington Wizards NBA franchise.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
2006
maker
Spalding & Evenflo Companies
Physical Description
synthetic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/2 in; x 21.59 cm
ID Number
2006.0235.01
accession number
2006.0235
catalog number
2006.0235.01
subject
Basketball
Sports
Professional
Invention
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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