It's a slam dunk!
After 37 years, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has decided to officially replace their Spalding balls with the Wilson brand. This reveal may come as a shock to a few, but no worries: Before partnering with Spalding in 1983, the league actually used Wilson balls for about 37 years. (Do some math on that, and maybe we can expect another change back to Spalding in the year 2057?)
Anywho, Yahoo Sports reports that the NBA will start using the new brand of balls come the 2020-2021 season and that the part with Spalding was mutual.
One of the many well-known sports manufacturing companies in the world, Wilson's basketballs have been found on numerous college and high school courts for forever! Heck, I remember using them duinrg P.E. classes in my elementary days.
Wilson's basketballs will be featured in the G League, WNBA, and a handful of other affiliated NBA leagues all throughout the world. The balls themselves will be made of their usual material, with the player's union being able to make suggestions through their own advisory board. Such a move should appease any negative reception to the change, since previous drastic changes in the NBA league have led to some outcries.
So come the new season, don't be shocked if you see the NBA players double-dribbling a basketball labeled "Wilson" instead of Spalding! You can read more about it here.
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