DALLAS -- Former pro basketball player Cincy Powell issued a heated warming to Miami as the Heat prepare to play Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday at 8 p.m.
Specifically, Powell acknowledged that the Heat will be in big trouble if superstar LeBron James can't play his full compliment of minutes because of another bout with cramps like he did in the 110-95 loss to the Spurs Game 1 of this series.
"Lebron is a great player and Lebron is going to show up tomorrow,'' Powell said Saturday afternoon. "But they better do something about those cramps because San Antonio is on a mission.''
Powell, who played in the American Basketball Association from 1967-'75 for the Dallas Chaparrals, Kentucky Colonels, Utah Stars and Virginia Squires, said players rarely got cramps back during the playing days as severe as the ones James suffered from during this past Thursday's contest.
"We got cramps back in the day, but we always took salt tablets,'' Powell said. "I guess they got away from that with all the Gatorade and stuff they've got on the market now.
"We took salt tablets, and we didn't really have those problems.''
Powell, who scored 9,746 points in his ABA career, knows why James was the lone player who cramped up in the Finals' opener.
"His body fat is low because he's in such great shape,'' Powell said. "I think he's unique.
"Guys get cramps every once in a while and they come right out of it. But his seem to be more severe than the average cramp.''
Powell also pointed out something is regards to arena conditions back in the day and arena conditions today.
"Bill Russell and those guys played a lot of games in the Boston Garden,'' Powell said. "And it was pretty hot in there.''
A member of the Dallas Chapter of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, Powell spoke to a group of kids and parents on Saturday at the Hidden Creek Apartments in South Dallas. In conjunction with the I Didn't Know (IDK) Foundation, the group taught at-risk kids lessons in obtaining good health and fitness, and also spoke about making positive choices in life.
-- Dwain Price
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