Today Adam Silver officially becomes the NBA commissioner. That means his signature will replace David Stern’s on basketball’s used around the league. you can see Stern’s signature on the ball in the picture above, and Silver’s in the pictures below.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 1, 2014
Introducing the new Official NBA Game Ball, signed by Commissioner Adam Silver. pic.twitter.com/cDVjuLfcpz
— Spalding (@Spalding) January 31, 2014
From ESPN’s Darren Rovell:
Spalding, the official ball for Stern’s entire 30-year reign, originally had planned to use the Stern-signed balls through the entire season, partly because the company was concerned about breaking in the balls.
But that was solved by putting the Silver-signed balls on practice racks soon after the season started.
A Spalding representative said that the Silver-signed balls will be available Saturday at sporting goods retailers that have not sold out of Stern inventory.
The suggested retail price of the ball varies from $139 to $159.
And today, the Silver era beings.