Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Steamy conditions at Game 1 of Heat-Spurs NBA Finals a bizarre, embarrassing twist
Miami Herald ^ | 6/6/14 | Greg Cote

Posted on 06/06/2014 6:24:18 AM PDT by laotzu

SAN ANTONIO -- Did the Heat just lose to the Spurs, or to the heat?

What a shame there would be any doubt about that. What an outrageous embarrassment for the NBA, on its greatest stage, that a game-long lack of air-conditioning in San Antonio’s arena would leave fans sweating and, far worse, affect so crucial a game.

This night was about the heat in all its forms.

The literal kind draped itself over the arena here like a sopping blanket due to an electrical problem that powered the AC, sending temperatures above 90 degrees.

The Heat that starts with a capital letter withered in the conditions, squandering a fourth-quarter lead to the Spurs and losing, 110-95, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

And now the figurative kind of heat, the bad kind, the kind that weighs heavy, is on Miami.

It was a bizarre night, an unfortunate one for this city and for the league, not just for Miami.

The lack of air-conditioning in the arena left the atmosphere almost unbearably hot, spectators fanning themselves with programs as if outdoors in the Sahara at noon. Luckily one team is from a tropical climate where humidity is king, and the other resides in what feels like northern Mexico, so hot here the eggs fry while still in the chicken.

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: heat; nba; spurs
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-67 next last
It does tend to get warm in south Texas, but; we don't have to shovel snow, and we get to kick Miami's but.

Go Spurs!

1 posted on 06/06/2014 6:24:18 AM PDT by laotzu
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: laotzu

I think that if you are good at anything, you should be able to play in any conditions. The crying on TV this morning over this was extreme and ridiculous. I am especially not sympathetic to their “hard life” with “D Day” Anniversary going on.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 6:26:58 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu
This was an even funnier sidebar to the game: Gatorade trolls LeBron
3 posted on 06/06/2014 6:27:52 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Some 30 years ago, the NBA championship was between the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers. There was a game in Boston on a 95 degree day where the air conditioning couldn’t keep up, and it was a sweaty endurance contest that day, too.


4 posted on 06/06/2014 6:29:10 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Both teams had to play in the hot conditions including the Spurs who have a bunch of older guys on their team, one would think it would really affect them just as much. There’s no excuse.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 6:29:34 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bigtigermike

Go Spurs, Beat the Trayvons.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 6:30:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: napscoordinator
LeBron is supposed to be one of the greatest, well conditioned atheletes of all space, time, and dimension. And that Miami resident couldn't stand a little real heat? Now Miami knows how Cleveland feels, somewhat.

Even CBS AM newscasters were wondering how heat can sideline one team but not the other.

7 posted on 06/06/2014 6:33:54 AM PDT by grania
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Think of all the CO2 emissions that were not spent during the game. Utopia!

On a competitive note, San Antonia should just wait a few weeks to fix that air conditioning.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 6:34:44 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Tagline deleted at the request of an offended FReeper.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

If you can’t stand the heat get outta the gym.


9 posted on 06/06/2014 6:38:42 AM PDT by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Why were LaBron’s legs the only ones effected? Everyone else was able to play to the end. Inquiring minds want to know…

Until a few years ago, Duke played in an unairconditioned arena, as did those who labored in Madison Square Garden. Are our athletes so spoiled today that they can’t play in less than perfect conditions?


10 posted on 06/06/2014 6:39:55 AM PDT by txrefugee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Another 3rd World moment for America. Lights out at the Super Bowl. No A/C for an NBA Final.

Disgraceful.


11 posted on 06/06/2014 6:41:27 AM PDT by SoothingDave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

The Heat got beat by the heat....LOL! ...read that somewhere else thought it was witty !


12 posted on 06/06/2014 6:44:09 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ken5050
I made the mistake of reading that Gatorade article, and I don't see Gatorade doing anything but responding to tweets blaming them when it wasn't their fault.

LeBron is well known (by all but these twits it seems) as a Powerade spokesman.

Now, if they were to sign over LeBron as a spokesman from Powerade it would be sweet.

It does seem as though his cramps are very common.

13 posted on 06/06/2014 6:44:43 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Pearls Before Swine

I don’t think there was any air conditioning in the old Garden. If the Bruins went deep into the playoffs on humid days you couldn’t see the ice through the fog generated from the ice.

Another time on a humid day a Celtic game had to be postponed because the ice was “sweating” through the parquet and players were slipping all over the floor.

I do miss the old Garden though.


14 posted on 06/06/2014 6:45:24 AM PDT by GQuagmire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

*ouch*

15 posted on 06/06/2014 6:46:20 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

I’m no physics expert, but common sense tells me it was the same temperature for BOTH teams.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 6:48:21 AM PDT by Wolfie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GQuagmire
I remember taking a tour of the old Garden. We got to see the visitor's locker room for basketball. What a dump. About the size of 3 telephone booths. My HS had nicer facilities..

The old MSG was even grungier....No AC..in the 60's there would always be an NBA double header..and back then you could smoke inside....we'd get the high school GO admissions for 50 cents...sit in the nosebleed seats up way behind one of the baskets...By the 2nd half of the 2nd game..there as such a thick cloud of cigarette smoke hanging over the court..you couldn't see the basket at the other end..you'd hear a yell..then a few second later the players would appear out of the smoke heading in our direction..

17 posted on 06/06/2014 6:50:59 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Liberty Valance

18 posted on 06/06/2014 6:53:08 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: SoothingDave
Another 3rd World moment for America. Disgraceful.

Yes, yes.....America sucks. Thank you Dave.
(I thought we were free of leftists here)

19 posted on 06/06/2014 6:55:49 AM PDT by laotzu
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Last I checked, both teams had to play in the same conditions. Lebron cramped up, which is a sign of dehydration. Not fun and definitely can’t play through that. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan made it through. That’s why you play the game.

I don’t see it as an embarrassment. It can happen to any large facility at any time. The game was interesting and crisp. High level basketball. I enjoyed every second of it. Too bad it wasn’t Thunder vs Heat.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 6:56:39 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ken5050

There were no better seats to watch a hockey game than the first few rows of the old Boston Garden balcony. You were literally right on top of the players.......


21 posted on 06/06/2014 6:58:23 AM PDT by GQuagmire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

It was a close game. The Heat were actually winning until about 6 minutes left in the 4th.

Then LeBron got tired. He headed for the showers.

And the Spurs won!

Double plus good loving it!


22 posted on 06/06/2014 6:58:55 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txrefugee

Just how out of shape and overweight is Lebron?

He looked bad, and it wasn’t just the heat that made him look that way.

Living La Vida Loca on South Beach is catching up with him.


23 posted on 06/06/2014 7:01:26 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Bigtigermike
Both teams had to play in the hot conditions including the Spurs who have a bunch of older guys on their team, one would think it would really affect them just as much. There’s no excuse.

THIS!

24 posted on 06/06/2014 7:01:53 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: GQuagmire
You were literally right on top of the players.....

Often to the players' chagrin.

25 posted on 06/06/2014 7:02:09 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

NBA Championship is over. Spurs won by beating OKC Thunder.

Unless something strange and tragic befalls the Spurs, the championship is already over.


26 posted on 06/06/2014 7:02:24 AM PDT by cizinec ( For the Republic!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Odds are LeBron will be in LA next year. Ballmer is going to go all out to get him.


27 posted on 06/06/2014 7:02:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: cizinec

And the Mavs took the Spurs to 7 games.

Whomever wins I-35, wins the Western Conference.


28 posted on 06/06/2014 7:03:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Liberty Valance

 

Poor old fellow. I almost feel sorry for Lebron. In a gesture of goodwill, I'll buy him one of these...


29 posted on 06/06/2014 7:05:16 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Let the whining begin. GO SPURS!

- a Mavs fan


30 posted on 06/06/2014 7:05:52 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SoothingDave

Lighten up, SD.


31 posted on 06/06/2014 7:08:15 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

Could be. Somone who pays 3 times the value of a team just to own it is someone stupid enough to hire an aging overweight out of shape superstar.


32 posted on 06/06/2014 7:08:36 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

LeBron never played a pickup game on a 95 degree summer day? Did he break a nail? Sheesh.


33 posted on 06/06/2014 7:09:13 AM PDT by montag813
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GQuagmire

To show you how much the game, and everything else, has changed...in the early 60’s if the Rangers goalie Eddie Giacomin hat a shutout...he’d earn a $100 bonus...


34 posted on 06/06/2014 7:11:20 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Serves those Trayvon-lovers right.

35 posted on 06/06/2014 7:14:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: grania
Even CBS AM newscasters were wondering how heat can sideline one team but not the other.

Perhaps one team knew the AC was going to go out and they prepared for it. Other than that, the NBA can shrivel and die for all I care.

36 posted on 06/06/2014 7:18:41 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: al_c

It’s embarrassing. A symptom of decline.


37 posted on 06/06/2014 7:25:03 AM PDT by SoothingDave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

You are proud of Super Bowl blackouts? Makes you want to wave the flag?

It isn’t “leftist” to fondly recall when America was technically competent in its largest showcases.


38 posted on 06/06/2014 7:26:50 AM PDT by SoothingDave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Moonman62

The NBA can shrivel up and die for all i care

Why are basketball and ice hockey playoffs happening in June, anyway? For basketball, the only playoffs worth caring about happen in March Madness.

39 posted on 06/06/2014 7:27:42 AM PDT by grania
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: laotzu
I'm a normal dude, and I completed the Hotter n' Hell Hundred 7 times with no cramping, taking about 5 1/2 hours each time. Maybe these multi-million dollar teams should just prepare a little better?
40 posted on 06/06/2014 7:31:31 AM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txrefugee
Menstrual cramps.
41 posted on 06/06/2014 7:34:38 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

42 posted on 06/06/2014 7:35:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Wolfie

“I’m no physics expert, but common sense tells me it was the same temperature for BOTH teams.”

Does lactic acid build up in players at the same rate? He cramped up. It happens.


43 posted on 06/06/2014 7:36:18 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

Oh, how dreadful! The professional boogie-ball players had to play without air conditioning! I’m surprised they didn’t strike.

These spoiled whiners are the men we hold as “sports heroes???”


44 posted on 06/06/2014 7:57:03 AM PDT by IronJack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

If you like your air conditioning you can keep your air conditioning!


45 posted on 06/06/2014 7:57:47 AM PDT by ken in texas
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gura

Never ridden in the HHH but I have manned a refreshment station a time or two. Every city needs something like the HHH, it’s fun for everyone involved. :)


46 posted on 06/06/2014 7:58:32 AM PDT by Sporke (USS Iowa BB-61)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: laotzu
It's Donald Sterling's fault.
47 posted on 06/06/2014 7:59:15 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GQuagmire
There were no better seats to watch a hockey game than the first few rows of the old Boston Garden balcony. You were literally right on top of the players.......

Same with the old Chicago Stadium. Second balcony had the best seats.

48 posted on 06/06/2014 8:02:29 AM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

I used to think like you w.r.t. Heat and Spurs but it seems like some Miami heat players respect their marriages more than some Spurs players do.


49 posted on 06/06/2014 8:12:41 AM PDT by impimp
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: laotzu

A reporter from Miami bitching about the heat. No irony there.


50 posted on 06/06/2014 8:12:53 AM PDT by DManA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-67 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson