D-Will: FIBA Ball, Rims Unforgiving

July 18, 2012; Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM; United States guard Deron Williams (8) during training for the 2012 London Olympic Games warm-up match against Great Britain at the Manchester Evening News Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Toth-US PRESSWIRE

In talking with Dave D'Alessandro, Deron Williams said the FIBA regulation basketball and rims are different enough from the NBA equipment to warrant changes in his shooting style.

"The ball is the same size, but we’re playing with new ones, so they’re slippery," said Williams who plays again Tuesday vs. Tunisia. "It takes a while to break a ball in. We don’t play with new ones (in the NBA), we use the ones that are worn in." On the rims, he said, "If you hit any part of the rim, it’s coming out. I learned that in Turkey, too: I had to put more arc on the ball."

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