There aren't many people who can get away with criticizing so openly an entire sway of people.
Unfortunately for Miami Heat fans Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one such individual, and he has taken a swing at the successful franchise in the days following the now fabled air-conditioning malfunction during Game One of the NBA Finals between the Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
Writing in Time magazine, the six-time NBA champion penned a piece entitled 'Miami Fans, Stop Whining About The Fault in Our Air Conditioning' in which he lambasted those who sought to use the air conditioning as an excuse for the Heat's defeat.
The piece however carries a slightly mixed message, with the for LA Lakers star on the one hand criticizing those who question why the increase in heat would make such a huge impact, whilst on the other harking back to his playing days when he and his Lakers teammates struggled in the heat of the TD Garden during the 1984 Finals series against the Boston Celtics:
"Some people blame LeBron James, accusing him of wilting like a hothouse orchid. Detractors have pointed out that pro football players battle it out in the heat, rain, snow and sleet," Kareem wrote.
"Those same people wonder how lame it is that the $19 Million Dollar Man pulls up, well, lame just because the air-conditioning falters.
"Those people don't know what they're talking about."
Harsh words from the NBA's all-time top points scorer, who goes on to cite facts showing that basketball is more labor intensive than pro football meaning playing in high temperatures is near impossible.
However, whilst defending the difficulty of playing in the heat, Kareem refused to allow it to act as an excuse - using his 1984 Finals defeat as an example of how the Heat fan base should have reacted:
"The Celtics won that series in the seventh game. We didn't sit around blaming the heat. (We blamed Larry Bird for playing so phenomenally."
In fairness to the Miami Heat players, whilst accepting that the temperature last Thursday was a factor, they refused to blame it outright for their Game One defeat and were able to level the series Sunday night in a much cooler AT&T Center.
Kareem however was clearly not happy with the rest of the world's reaction and sought to use his column to right the wrongs.
As always wide words from the 19-time All-Star, who admitted that the whole debacle had served to hype up the 2014 Finals even further as we head for Game Three.
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