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November 24, 2020

Chris Bosh on why it’s difficult to play in San Antonio: Fans want some blood during warm-ups

For every team, before shut down because of the pandemic they want home-court advantage. Fans give that edge for a certain in the playoffs. Like San Antonio Spurs who won five championships, they have the home-court advantage with it. The game seven of 2005 NBA Finals is one of the greatest examples of it.

The former Miami Heat center Chris Bosh who joined LeBron James and Dywane Wade to form a big three went to four final appearances. They won two of it, in consecutive years they face the Spurs in classic 2013 which Heat win in seven games, 2014 featured one of the sweetest wins by Spurs in dominant fashion.

During his playing days, he mentioned that it’s very difficult to win at the Spurs arena. Outside of the greatest Big Three and Popovich, there also have some flies.

We were heading to San Antonio, which very well might be the most difficult basketball town in the world. Let’s start with the stadium: The AT&T Center is next door to a barn. Seriously—the SA Rodeo is a half-mile away from where the Spurs play their games. It even shares a parking lot with their practice facility, where we had our shootarounds. So the minute I knew we were going to be facing them, one of my first thoughts was: That’s a few hours in the bug den. The horseflies from the stables like to migrate onto the court. It’s hard enough to stay focused in the run-up to a game. Imagine trying to do it with insects zipping around you.

The big man continues to talk about why the Spurs have a great dynasty run. On how Tim Duncan can score easily with a turnaround shot for the last 20 years.

And here’s some buzz (sorry) on the team itself: San Antonio’s not dirty, but they certainly are physical. There’s a reason Tim Duncan made that turnaround hook off the glass for 20 years: he’d gladly put an elbow in your face, throat and chest while doing it. That’s the Pop ethos: give it to ‘em nasty.

And of course, the real advantage of having a home court is their fans. The Go Spurs Go chant is one of the loudest and craziest things to hear inside the arena.

The fans feed on that. They start wanting blood during warmups.”

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