Spalding is an American Sporting goods company. This company was founded by Albert Spalding Jr. in Chicago, Illinois during 1876. the Spalding company specializes in the production of balls for may sports but is most-known for its Basketballs. Albert Spalding Jr. was playing Baseball at the time that he created the basketball.
The Spalding basketball is so successful because it was made from only the best leather then it went to a synthetic material but many NBA players were angry at the new material because they said that when sweat hit the ball in the game it made the ball slippery and hard to dribble, they also said that the ball wouldn't bounce as high and bounced weirdly off the rim and backboard and cut their fingers. So in the end they reverted back to the regular leather ball.