La Russa supports NBA's synthetic balls

Updated: October 27, 2006, 5:17 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa loves animals, all kinds. It shows. On his desk at Busch Stadium is a black statue of a dog holding a baseball in its mouth, standing more than a foot high.

The St. Louis Cardinals manager founded a shelter for abandoned and homeless pets. He's also a vegetarian because of his ethical beliefs.

La Russa took note recently when the NBA switched to a new ball, going from leather to a synthetic material.

"I'm not sure why they did it," he said this week. ...

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