The Spalding Basketball is the official basketball of the NBA. The NBA requires materials of the highest quality to ensure the level of performance that the league advertises from its athletes. While the final product only ends up in just 30 locations, there are many operations around the world that are involved in the production and assembly of the balls. The connections between these operations demonstrate geographical concepts that exist in production and consumption networks throughout the world. To see the journey of the NBA basketball from its organic material to the hoop, visit my StoryMap.