Yes, I'm disappointed that the NBA is switching back to the leather basketball. You can probably guess why if you read my original take on the cruelty-free ball. Of course, you can guess that I'm disappointed that cows will die so that their skins will be used for a game. That's a given. But I understand that if players are reporting cuts due to the ball, something has to change.
But I'm also disappointed that the animal cruelty issue isn't even a part of the conversation. In the blogs I've read about the ball (like here, here, and here), nobody has mentioned the fact that one ball is made from the skin of a dead animal and the other is not. In ESPN's article, there is no mention that one ball requires the killing of animals and the other does not. I would at least like it to be part of the conversation. Instead, the animal rights issue is basically ignored. The issue is presented as a conflict between Stern and the players, and the two balls are treated as morally similar. But they're not. And while I know most of you disagree with me and don't care if an animal's skin is used for a game, at least I wish there was explicit understanding of this fact. It should be something that is acknowledged, at the very least.