Playing basketball – or any sport for that matter – gets much harder when temperatures are above 90. True.
The heat only affects one team? False.
As most have heard, the Air Conditioning unit stopped working at the AT&T Center during Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Spurs and Miami Heat, reminiscent to the Summer and AAU games that all of these elite athletes have played in.
Yes I said it – they are all elite athletes.
However, the thought presented by media personnel (I decided not to name names in this post) that it affected one team more than the other is ridiculous. Both teams were playing in the same arena, obviously.
Professional athletes understand that hydrating and stretching are an important part of the game that have to be done consistently. Only one player had to leave Game 1 on Thursday due to affects of the heat – Lebron James.
It’s no secret that while I admit King James is the best player in the world, I don’t care for all of his antics. However, the best athlete in the NBA tonight showed that he had not been properly hydrating over the 5 days of rest between Friday’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals and Thursday’s NBA Finals Game 1.
You can say what you want about it, but when only one player is forced to come out of the game because of cramps when the game is played in 90 degree temperatures, the evidence is quite conclusive.
South Texas is currently in a heat wave, during which the high temperature has been 95+ degrees for 1-2 weeks straight with high rates of humidity. The power had been out across parts of the San Antonio area throughout the day prior to Game 1.
The fact that some people are calling this a conspiracy is asinine.
The Air Conditioning did not affect the outcome of Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals. Bottom line.