It was not the first time that air conditioning has failed in the NBA playoffs, but it might be the most scrutinized moment of the 2014 NBA Finals. The air conditioning that went out at the AT&T Center in San Antonio was an unfortunate incident. At least, that is what many have perceived it to be. However, Jason Terry believes it was more than just a coincidence. In fact, he is convinced San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was behind it.
“Oh, no question,” Terry said, according to CBS Sports. “For an event of that magnitude, to say that the AT&T Center’s air-conditioning is not working — there’s definitely something wrong with that.”
The former Dallas Mavericks guard who was traded to the Sacramento Kings in February thinks there was something peculiar about the air conditioning going out in a game of such magnitude. The NBA Finals is as big as it gets for professional basketball. With the sport taking center stage, there are precautions that are in place to ensure something as silly as the A/C malfunctioning does not happen. At the same time, accidents happen, which is why it was not completely out of the norm for the central air to fail.
The issue is that Terry can recall moments in his past in which he is positive the Spurs messed with opponents in order to gain an advantage.
“You know what, Pop has done that so many times,” Terry continued. “I don’t know if it’s a conspiracy, but I’m telling you, going into San Antonio is a tough place to play…And I can remember very well one time where it was cold showers, there were about a thousand flies in the locker room. This year, there was a snake in the locker room. So, they’re going to pull out all the stops to get into your head. When you go to San Antonio, expect something like that. And Miami fell victim to it.”
Personally, I cannot imagine Popovich being personally responsible for the A/C going out. Sure, it is one thing to get in the head of opponents, but it is another to maliciously and intentionally affect the outcome of a game. I understand that both teams had to play in the 90-plus degree temperature. However, it was the Miami Heat, more specifically LeBron James, who fell victim to it. For Popovich to purposefully give his team a possible disadvantage is something that I simply cannot buy into.
On the other hand, Terry would know better than any of us because he has experienced certain incidents firsthand. For that reason, the possibility that Popovich convinced the employees at the AT&T Center to turn off the A/C is intriguing.