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Stern confident new NBA ball will win over players

Updated: October 11, 2006, 1:05 PM ET
Associated Press

COLOGNE, Germany -- NBA commissioner David Stern suspects complaints about his league's new ball will go away -- just as they did in soccer.

Some of the NBA's biggest stars, including Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Steve Nash, have said the ball is sticky when dry and slippery when wet.

"To make me feel better, I went back and looked at reactions when Adidas introduced its new soccer ball," Stern said Wednesday. "There was virtually identical commentary."

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