What year did the NBA change the ball?

The NBA changed the ball in the year 2006. Before 2006, the basketball used in NBA games was made of leather. But in 2006, they introduced a new ball made of synthetic material called microfiber composite. This change was made with the aim of improving the overall performance of the ball, making it more consistent and easier to grip. However, this new ball faced a lot of criticism from players who found it to be too slippery and different from the traditional leather ball. Due to the negative feedback, the NBA decided to switch back to using leather basketballs in 2007. So, the year when the NBA changed the ball was 2006.