Stars have their say in the wake of Game 6 overtime thriller.
If he was to have his way, Miami Heat centre Chris Bosh would only reserve seats for die-hard fans in the America Airlines Arena for the deciding game of the NBA finals.
After practice ahead of their Game 7 clash with the San Antonio Spurs, Bosh had a simple message to the team’s fans – stay until the bitter end.
“For all those guys who left, make sure you don’t come to Game 7,” Bosh deadpanned.
“We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us. They can stay where they are and watch the game at home.”
Groups of fans were denied entry back into the AA Arena as the Heat forced Game Six into overtime, in what was widely regarded as one of the best games in recent memory in the NBA.
The fickle nature of Miami supporters were on show as the Spurs lead 94-89 with time running out, before two shots from beyond the arc from LeBron James and Ray Allen put the game into extra time.
There the Heat went on to record a historic victory and give themselves a shot at earning back-to-back NBA titles, as many fans were forced to try and watch on front outside while hearing updates over the public address system.
James jokingly said it pays never to give up on his side, as they will fight tooth and nail until they are denied to do so by the clock.
“I apologise to our fans from last night,” James said
“But – that’s why the game is played all the way to the zeros. As a fan, and people watching at home, I know it had to – wow – it had to do a lot to them.”