So what happened to all of those synthetic basketballs that became collectors items after the NBA bowed to players’ requests and dumped them January 1? We found ’em.
NBA commissioner David Stern was a big believer in the new synthetic basketballs when they were introduced at the beginning of the season. It sounded like a good animal-friendly policy, but the players hated them. The commish backed off after just a couple of months and the league got back into leather at the beginning of 2007.
Bloggers and NBA players joked that the synthetic balls would become a hot commodity on the Internet. but the balls have been scarce on online auction sites recently, and it will likely stay that way.
The bulk of the unused balls have been shipped to two storehouses for World Vision, an international Christian relief organization for children. Those storehouses are located in Bronx, N.Y., and Philippi, the Barbour County seat of West Virginia: Population: 2,870.
Bridgett Snider, office manager of the World Vision Appalachia storehouse told the Charleston Daily Mail: "We can’t give them away or sell them," she said. "They go strictly to nonprofit organizations.