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Refs directed to meet bark with bite

Updated: October 16, 2006, 11:08 PM ET
By Marc Stein
All that ball-bashing you've heard from players since training camps opened can't be dismissed as empty, whiny noise. Because it worked ... to a degree.

Surely you read over the weekend that David Stern will consider switching back to the old leather ball if the testing he has commissioned for the rest of the preseason schedule validates the avalanche of complaints about the new microfiber model.

However ...

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