Year: 2006

The NBA's ill-advised switch to the Spalding synthetic basketball was ended after only a half-season of action due to players' gripes about inconsistent bounces, cut hands and fingers, and a strange stickiness to the ball that made passing and dribbling more difficult. At one point Dwyane Wade even claimed that the new ball was affecting his ability to score, saying, "My bank shot is no longer existent. My game-winning shots, I'm telling you, it's [in the] past." Eddy Curry also remarked, "The ball never leaves my hand the same way. It sticks to my middle finger. It bounces differently off the dribble and on the shot." Although, we're pretty sure that switching back to the old, leather ball still didn't save Curry's game.