Ok, enough already. Yeah, great, sure, we get it. The air conditioner didn't work for Game 1 of the NBA Finals causing discomfort for fans and players alike.
And yeah, we know, in part, it caused Miami Heat star LeBron James to cramp up and rendered him unable to play down the stretch as the San Antonio Spurs won game 1 of the series 110-95.
Can we please stop talking about it like some sort of Greek Tragedy?
All we've heard for the past 48 hours is how hot it was and that James is a lesser basketball god because he cramped up. And a large group---mostly of judgmental, idiot fans who keep saying "He should have played through the cramps" and "How could that happen to a star?".
It happens. A lot.
For those of you with short term memories (That includes a lot of sportswriters), it wasn't so long ago that the Boston Garden, home of the Celtics during their epic battles with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980's, would routinely be 90 or 100 degrees with no air circulating during the game.
You didn't hear people whining and crying about it then.
((NOTE---I'm not talking about the players. Because if you listened to the post game interviews Thursday, none of them complained about it. Just said it was part of the game.))
So...game 2 will be played Sunday night. In a fully air conditioned arena. It will still be warm. Heck, it's Southern Texas, in June with 18,000 people inside a building.
But no, it won't be 90+ in the building. Everyone will play. Including Mr. James. Who, and I can't believe I'm saying this...doesn't deserve the grief he's getting.
Think about it for a second. IF...any of you have been an elite level athlete and cramped up. (It happens in football all the time). Just try to run or do...well, anything. Or look at it this way: Have you ever been asleep and suddenly had your calf cramp up on you? Yes? You've probably jumped out of bed like you've been shot to try and stretch it out. But you weren't functional for awhile after it happened.
That's what it's like.
For what it's worth, we here at the OSG. Okay, at least the part of us who enjoy basketball, are looking forward to the rest of the Spurs/Heat series. These are your 2 best teams playing at a level others can't compete with right now. This series may, before it ends...go down as being an all-time classic.
For those who missed it, here's the video of LeBron after he locked up...