Dr. James Naismith invents the game of basketball, to be played with peach baskets and a soccer ball.
Naismith asks A.G. Spalding & Bros. to develop the first basketball.
Laces were removed from Spalding basketballs.
The official NBA ball moves from four panels to eight.
Bird & Magic
Spalding's full-grain leather ball became the official ball of the National Basketball Association, dribbled by the likes of young Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Spalding developed the oatmeal and orange game ball used by the WNBA. The official ball featured Spalding's ZK Microfiber Composite cover.
MJ sinks the Jazz
June 14: Michael Jordan's game-winner, sending him to a sixth title and second retirement, is only two of the more-than-five-million points scored -- in more than 25,000 regular season games -- with a Spalding basketball.
Oct. 31: To coincide with the 2006-07 season, the new ball will be available for purchase at the NBA Store, NBAStore.com and major sporting goods stores. Fans can reserve a new ball now at NBAStore.com for delivery at the start of the season.