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Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  33 responses

Deron Williams Claims the Olympic Basketball is ‘Slippery’


It’s hard to imagine anyone taking down Team USA in the 2012 Olympics, but considering the equipment being used, maybe there’s a chance (if ever so slight.) Deron Williams explains, via the Star-Ledger: “Both are very different,’ Deron Williams said, when he was asked about the ball and rims here. ‘If you hit any part of the rim, it’s coming out. I learned that in Turkey, too: I had to put more arc on the ball. The ball. . . is the same size, but we’re playing with new ones, so they’re slippery. It takes a while to break a ball in. We don’t play with new ones (in the NBA), we use the ones that are worn in.’ Tyson Chandler added: ‘And these balls are different from the ones we’ve practiced with, because we broke in our own.’”

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  • TSmoove

    Definitely believable … anyone remember the World Cup footballs everyone was complaining about? Kinda similar…

  • greg

    after what calderon did to him, he prolly thinks the floor is slippery too

  • joshuasymons

    maybe you guys should start practicing on a court full of soap and start learning from it.. lol.

  • Alford

    Excuses. If practice ball is different that game’s ball is USA basketball mistake. He seems has never play streetball…

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    everyone plays with the same ball so who cares, live with it

  • L Dribble

    I wouldn’t say they were ever in trouble against France, but they weren’t convincing either. The first quarter was ugly.

  • ThaWindy

    I heard DWill perm was pretty slippery too…

  • Scalabrine

    FIBA balls are from Molten and use a different tract.

    But that does not give you the right to whine beech!

  • MeloMan15

    He didn’t make any excuses whatsoever… he just stated what is probably true. Hop off

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    I remember 04, and larry browns horrible leadership, they didn’t even practice with olympic balls.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    It said he was asked, he didn’t come out and say “I played bad because the balls are different.” I don’t think he was complaining, just stating facts.

  • Sam

    You gotta think these guys play on the same hoops with the same ball and ball pressure. That’s part of the consistency. Obviously they’re incredibly talented too!

  • ALD

    lol .. Dwill has dropped calderon before and he has his jersey raised over there so there is no need for him to make any excuses.

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com IamYOU

    What are you talking about dwill? molten gf7 is better than spalding! Well maybe it’s just me but I think splading basketball is more slippery…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Correct me if I’m wrong but… Don’t new basketballs have more grip? I mean, whenever I buy a new basketball I love the grip it has cause it makes my follow through that much more easy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    ^It depends on the ball? Are you buying new indoor only 100% leather Official NBA basketballs? The indoor/outdoor composite leather balls are made with grip in mind since you may be playing outdoors.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    That’s true, I do have both types, indoor and outdoors. But I just can’t wrap my head around the idea that a ball has to be worn in before the grip is better…it just sounds… backwards lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Niq must be new to basketball. Are you 11 years old little buddy?

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    He said the balls feels different, no excuses. After what Calderon did? He can’t even keep a starting gig over here! My bad I stumbled into the whiny foreign ballers forum!!!!!!!!

  • slamfan4life

    could be seen, everyone was slipping

  • smoove

    what he means is that he got hit by a mean euro step.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Leather always has to be worn in. Nothing worse than a brand new $70 Leather Spalding.

  • roybot

    Adjusting to different balls clearly takes takes different amounts of time for different people, even NBA stars. @ niQ Yeah dude I thought the same way before I touched a real NBA ball. I guess the leather they use combined with leather conditioner and wear & tear actually does make it softer. I played with my friend’s official NBA ball he bought retail a while back and it did NOT feel anything like the NBA balls I shot with at the Rose Garden.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    i actually got one of them fiba balls and the grip is way different in the sense that the grip is not up to par of say a Baden ball.. but still after playing with it after minutes you cant really notice anything wrong

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Co-sign Lakeshow, I find brand new Spaldings have a glossy feel to them which feels really awkward. I always liked the feel and bounce of the Wilson Evolution.

  • robb

    I’ve played with that ball and I absolutely hate it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the official NBA ball has to be broken in. The players (team captains usually) from the home team pick out (i believe) 4 balls before every game from what they practice with, for game use. Most NBA game balls have been used in practices with the home team for years. And a year or more (depending on how often you hoop) is about how long it takes to break in an NBA game ball. I am currently breaking in one for the second time in my life. The first one (which was ruined by a 6 year old) was the best ball i’ve ever played iwth, once i got it broken in. — I have never actually played with more than a new FIBA ball, and i didn’t like it at all. But it was new, i have no idea how well broken in the ones they are using in the olympics are.

  • RedRum

    That breaking in the ball business is total bull-bleap… I like the Euro system more. Each game is played pretty much with new balls, so every game has the same feel.

  • Basketball_iQ

    Any ball not broken in is slippery… It be some dumb folks up in here. How is it complaining? If that is true, officials need to fix that.asap.

  • jinolin

    Co-sign Lakeshow, ‘Hook… A proper leather ball needs to be “worn/broken in”.

  • peak507

    yall hating… talking about what calderon did to him… i guess yall didnt se DWILL pressing that man up full court and he was struggling to get to half court. its obvious that ita a lot of ppl commenting what has never played the sport. plenty of nba stars complained about that ugly ass fiba ball

  • Games Maker

    I heard from a credible source that Team USA don’t even use the Olympic training venues or basketballs where they decided to bring their own balls which shows how big time they believe they are!!!!

    No one else is complaining about the basketballs so I guess this D-Will again blaming the basketballs like he did during the lockout when he struggled in Turkey.

    Also I actually got a chance to break in the basketballs during my training which we were told they had been doing this for months where each ball gets around 30-50 hrs each which is an incredible task to do!

  • jackandjill

    the us team is the best in the world, and if anyone from the us team says the basketball is slippery, it is slippery. no question about it!!!!!!!!

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