Basketball players around the world are unified by their love of the NBA game. The NBA inspired to play through competitive action, powerful camaraderie, and incredible athleticism, and it begins with the game ball. The Wilson Official NBA Game Ball is built with genuine leather and constructed to meet the world-class standards of the NBA. This is the basketball used by every team and every player, in every game. Pro Tip: The Official NBA Game Ball is built with a genuine leather cover that will initially feel slick and rough to the touch. Playing with the basketball will loosen up the leather, giving the ball more grip. Dribbling drills will also help speed up the break in process. The ball will darken as it becomes ready for game play. The more you play, the better it feels.