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Mitchell Robinson Explains Why Good Basketballs Are Brown

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Mitchell Robinson answers the age-old question, “Why are basketballs brown?” More specifically, “Why are good basketballs brown?”

Mitchell Robinson Washes His Hands Unlike Other NBA Players

This begs the question, “Why does Mitchell Robinson think they’re brown?”

In an interview with The Athletic, Robinson opens up about why basketballs are brown.

When asked if the orange ball would be too difficult to spot against their In-Season Tournament court at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knick would just answer that he thought the ball was a different color.

“Huh, I always thought the ball was brown.”

Mitchell Robinson

This became a massive conversation about why a good basketball is brown. This is primarily due to players using it for a long time, turning it old and worn.

When asked why basketballs turn brown, the 25-year-old didn’t mince words. This is due to the grime, bacteria, and dirt building up on the basketball.

It makes sense; it does bounce on a court that’s stepped on multiple times by different people’s shoes. However, Robinson doesn’t think that’s the only reason. He calls out many players in the league for not washing their hands.

While doing so, he washes his own hands of this mistake by claiming that he physically cleans them, assumedly, before and after touching a basketball.

“It’s got dirt and bacteria. People here don’t wash their hands. There’s a few people in this league that wash their hands. A few of them. But I can. I do. I wash my hands.”

Mitchell Robinson

So remember, getting a signed basketball from your favorite players could be dirtier than the dirt you walked on to get to the arena.

Why Are Basketballs Orange?

Basketball on basketball court, elevated view - stock photo. Photo by Getty Images
Basketball on basketball court, elevated view – stock photo. Photo by Getty Images

Usually, when someone purchases a brand-new basketball, it arrives in a bright and solid orange color. Everyone knows why they’re colored that way: For audience visibility.

Basketballs in the NBA used to be brown until the 1950s, which made it hard for some fans attending the games to spot. So Tony Hinkle changed it to orange to make it easier to see.

However, no one knows why Hinkle chose orange and not any other bright color like neon green or purple.

Ultimately, the league adapted to the orange-colored spheres that would start and end careers.