Post #1
Friday June 6, 2014 6:09am

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Well who ever saw game 1 of the NBA finals today must be wondering how is it that coaches and players are willing to postpone a game that was in the mid to upper 80s because the AC wasn't working.. wooow even arguably the best athlete in the world Lebron James Couldnt hang and went out of the game with cramps.
NBA plays 48 minutes in a small court compared to soccer, they get plenty of timeouts and changes. They play indoors so the sun doesn't beat down on them. Most soccer players play non stop running up and down 90 minutes, many times in conditions much more extreme, and I know they play a couple more games but not by much. My point put a basketball players on a soccer field say azteca, or san Pedro uzula after 20 mins an ambulance will pick them up. Many people don't know how much conditions matter in a soccer game.

Post #2
Friday June 6, 2014 6:56am

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I think all of us here get that soccer is a tough sport and that conditions do play a factor so your preaching to the wrong choir. But lets not make it seem like the basketball guys are wusses. The couple things that I will point to is that those players are not used to playing in those type of conditions, for the most part they have a controlled setting. I relate it to Chandler playing terrible in Honduras because well he was not used to the heat and humidity after coming from German Winter. But also that arena had to be steamy and also there was no fresh air coming in because they are indoors. I assume it would almost being like playing in a sauna. In High School I had basketball practice in the Auxiliary Gym with no air conditioning and it was awful.
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Post #3
Friday June 6, 2014 7:48am

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Many don't understand, say you only get 3 subs in basketball, and football, would yall think they could hang all game ??? Of course not, and even tho in NBA they play 48 mins with several timeouts and a 20 min half, same with NFL except they play 60 mins and are not on the field the whole time, defense and offense switch. That being said soccer players are the fittest athletes in the world, and is a fact.

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Post #4
Friday June 6, 2014 1:25pm

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few things.

They aren't conditioned to do that. It's not that they are wusses, etc. They just don't go through the conditioning to go that long in that heat. If Soccer players trained like NBA players, they wouldn't be able to go a full 90' either. Which is why it often takes people coming back from injury a long time to get back to match fitness.

So it's not that they can't. If they were to train for a month, they could.

Also even though NBA isn't a contact sport, there is a lot of constant contact (especially battling for rebounds, etc). Which you really only get a few times a game in soccer (Corners, and other free kicks). That Physicality can wear you down a lot quicker than just running up and down the field.

Last I have played in 95 degree weather with 90% humidity. I have played in a gym a few games of pickup basketball with NO AC. I also wrestled in a room with no AC. I'll take the outdoors ALL DAY. bradley is right, no ac in an enclosed area, quickly becomes like a sauna.
Post #5
Friday June 6, 2014 1:32pm

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The difference is in basketball they have to give all out 110% effort, sprinting, no taking plays off the whole time they are on the court. In soccer you have lots of down time. When the offense is controlling possession defenders get breaks. Also look how many times after a foray into attack and the goalie holds the ball for 8-10 seconds the forwards and some midfielders just kinda jog back. There's a lot more of walking light jogging in soccer than basketball. Basketball they spring up and down and get minimal breaks until the timeouts.

It takes a different kind of training. Its like the difference from Ursain Bolt to a marathon runner. Bolt couldnt run a marathon. Doe than mean he's not a fit athlete?

Post #6
Friday June 6, 2014 2:24pm

Joined Dec 2013
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This is going the same route as the "Things Hurting the USMNT" thread. Thank God I'm about to go on vacation so I'll be gone for a few days. . .

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