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Conspiracy Theorists Suggest Foul Play In 2014 NBA Finals AC Fiasco

Judging from a number of entries in various online sports forums as well as Twitter, it didn't take long for conspiracy theorists to wonder aloud about the possibility of nefarious activity regarding the air conditioning breakdown at the ATT Center in San Antonio, Texas, site of game 1 of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 2014 Finals competition between the Miami Heat and the Spurs.

The air conditioning in the entire building quit pumping out the cold stuff in the first quarter of the game. Spurs fans throughout the arena could be seen fanning themselves, often visibly sweating.

Lebron James was the only player who was forced out of the game (due to severe leg cramping) as an evident direct result. It occurred during crunch time, the crucial fourth quarter with several minutes left in the game, and the Heat nursing a four point lead. He came in a few minutes later and made a layup, but could not go on, and literally had to be carried the last several feet from half court, to his chair.

Early on, everyone was hoping that the AC issue would quickly be addressed, but any hopes that the problem would be fixed diminished by half time. The San Antonio Spurs put out an official statement that basically said, 'The AC is broken.' (It did make a reference to an unexpected interruption to electrical power to the air conditioning system, but the gist of the message was that it's not working.)

Most people (the non conspiracy theorists), say that it's silly to think that anyone would turn off the air conditioning to get an advantage, simply because of the obvious fact that everyone, on both teams, has to deal with the heat, (that was more than 90 degrees.) The conspiracists say the difference is that Lebron James has a history of leg cramping, including in this season's playoffs leading up to the finals.

James, as most people who follow sports are aware, is considered, “the best basketball player on the planet.” Therefore, he is the player on either team who would be most missed if he were unable to play.

In fairness to the conspiracists, many conspiracies have been proven to be true, even though the people who first spoke up to declare their suspicions were laughed out of the proverbial room. Also, there is no doubt that virtually everyone making the suggestion regarding the air conditioning, is merely wondering out loud. Few people are stating they are sure that foul play is involved. They are stating their suspicions.

Some of them feel bolstered by a report that the AC may not even be fixed by game two, in three days. The feeling is that with the amount of money that is involved in the NBA finals, they should be able to move mountains to address the issues with the arena's indoor climate control system; and that if it's still not fixed, it would have to be due to, 'bad intent' - (to borrow a phrase from Jethro Tull.)1)

It certainly seems to be stretching things to believe that an AC malfunction conspiracy would be successful beyond a single game. There is going to be so much pressure to get the AC fixed, one would think that the only way it would be possible is if the conspiracy was being directed, not by officials of a team, but by the NBA itself.

That sounds, at least on the surface, to be a notion to scoff at, but if you ever read the book, The Fix Is In, by Brian Trophy,2) you might be more open to the idea of the reality of nefarious activity being condoned (& even conducted) by the highest officials of professional sports leagues. The author suggests that in any business where billions of dollars are collected, it would be foolhardy to assume there are not forces involved that are less than upright and ethical.

When there is gambling involved, like there is with sporting events, especially at the elite level, the possibility of nefarious activity is exponentially likely. So while, at the time of this post being published, it seems unlikely that the air conditioning breakdown in the Spurs arena is a conspiracy, there is never a reason to close your mind and be unwilling to look at possible evidence, should there be any, forthcoming.

Like the joking about the 2013 Super Bowl blackout, made at the expense of conspiracy theorists,3) people suggesting this AC fiasco might have been on purpose, can expect to be the butt of jokes. (That just comes with the territory of being open to possibilities.)

That said, here is an idea to ponder. When it comes to real conspiracies, the game often runs deep. For instance, on an international level, countries have appeared to be on the verge of war, when in fact, the leaders on both sides are acting in concert to create a scenario that allows them to achieve a compromise that would ordinarily would have been difficult to sell to the legislators of both nations.

In this case, I'm not suggesting that the Heat and the Spurs acted in concert. I'm not even saying this was anything other than what it appears to be; a rare malfunction. I'm just saying that if you are going to get involved in conspiracy research, you always need to ask, Who is to gain?

Here are some fun factoids:

1) In the history of the Miami Heat, they have won all ten playoff series when they lost the first game.

2) In recent history, during the Big 3 (James, Wade & Bosch) era, they are 3-0.

3) Without exception, losing the first game has provided a wake up call to the collective team psyche of the Heat that they responded to 100% of the time.

4) Therefore, historically speaking, teams should be wary of winning game one from the Heat.

From this perspective, the Heat had more to gain than the Spurs did, by trying to create conditions that would cause Lebron James to cramp, as he has been known to do. If you were the owner,4) general manager5) or coach6) of the Miami Heat, you might be tempted to do something to get James to miss crucial minutes during crunch time.

The fact that the game was in San Antonio tends to make the likelihood of this seem to be slim and none, (and none just left town, as they say), but that doesn't change the fact that historically speaking, the Heat had more to gain by losing game one than the Spurs did, by winning it.7)

Personally, this writer feels it's usually a waste of mental energy to spend time on sports conspiracies that really mean nothing. There are real conspiracies that we need to be aware of, including but not limited to 911, Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon.

Arguably, it's akin to rearranging deck chairs on a sinking Titanic to watch sports in general, when the cabal that runs most of world is closing in on its goal to bring in the so-called new world order, a despotic global government, while reducing the population to the point where just a relatively small group of slaves are left to suffer at their hands.8)

The argument for spending time on sports or other forms of entertainment is that life is not meant to be unbalanced to the point of always working and never having some enjoyment. That said, there is a lot of enjoyment to be had by waking up to the truth of what is happening, and helping others to wake up and then come up with ideas to overcome the hole that humanity has dug for itself by allowing ourselves to be overtaken by such a comparitively infinitesimal number of captors.

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7) Truly, it feels to me that even if the game was in Miami, the likelihood of Heat officials doing that is nil. The NBA itself though, I'm not so sure about, even though it's a lot less probable, in my opinion, now that David Stern is no longer commissioner. However, Stern or no Stern, with the control of the referees, the NBA doesn't need to resort to air conditioning sabotage. The only way I could imagine a suspect is if there was someone who bet a true fortune (many millions) on the Spurs and who had access to the arena's AC system.

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