Actually, there is some history when it comes to Dion Waiters' claim that a slippery basketball cost him an opportunity for a better shot on the attempt that rimmed out just before the buzzer in the Miami Heat's 95-94 loss Friday night to the Denver Nuggets. Sort of. At the inception of the Nuggets' franchise, back when they were the Denver Rockets in 1969, the team lacked the required red-white-and-blue ball for their first American Basketball Association preseason game. So they spray painted a standard brown ball. "Let's just say, that made the ball a little slick," then Denver coach Bob Bass said, as quoted in the ABA book Loose Balls. There were 44 turnovers in the first half of that game. To Waiters, it was as if there was a time warp Friday night at the Pepsi Center — and in several of his other games in Denver. "I don't like these basketballs man," Waiters said, before the Heat turned their attention to Sunday's game at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers. "I don't like these basketballs here. It was like slippery the entire night." And, no, inbounding with 11.8 seconds left and down by one, the last thing the Heat wanted was the 23-foot pull-up jumper Waiters put up with seven-tenths of a second to play.
Waiters blames 'slippery' ball after Heat's narrow loss to Nuggets
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Nov 5