We’ve finally reached the NBA Finals, so everything that happens is going to be magnified–especially when it’s something like the air conditioning in the AT&T Center malfunctioning.
It may not have been the only cause of LeBron James’ cramping, but it certainly didn’t help, as the Heat’s star player had to be helped off the court and couldn’t play the final few minutes. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, pulled away in that span to help themselves to a Game 1 victory.
Of course they were hot just as everyone was, but two players in particular, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili weren’t bothered very much by not having the air conditioning. But you might not guess why. Check out these interesting quotes courtesy of Matt Moore of CBS.
They’re used to playing without air conditioning. After the AC went out in the AT&T Center, and temperatures rose over the course of the game, the Spurs’ players said it didn’t effect them, because it was normal going for them.
“Me personally, it didn’t bother me,” Tony Parker said. “Felt like Europe. We never have AC in Europe, so it didn’t bother me at all.”
“For sure, I’ve played more years in situations like this than with AC on the court. Not a big deal in that case,” Manu Ginobili said.
That’s right, they were used to it because they have international experience playing without AC. Of course they do. That is the most Spurs thing I’ve ever heard.