Preseason Magic-Heat game cancelled due to slippery floor. Grease from Pat Riley's free agent tactics not confirmed as agent. Posted by Matt Moore
A preseason game between the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic was cancelled tonight according to a league press release. Apparently a cleaning agent used on the floor left is slippery, too slippery to play on. Both Magic and Heat players complained about the floor this morning, with Stan Van Gundy saying the floor was not in suitable condition to play on. Officials at the arena insisted it would be ready, but then the NBA cancelled it all together, considering three of their most marketable stars and Vince Carter would be on the floor tonight.
The best thing about this game being cancelled, beyond it being one more painful preseason game to have to get through, is the fact that the Magic-Heat rivalry will have to be postponed until they meet in the regular season. Dwight Howard flat out does not like this team and has been very pointed in his criticisms of LeBron James.
The NBA went ahead and said the game would not be rescheduled. The bad news in all this is that with time spent on cleaning, preparations, concessions, staffing, logistics, and overall operating costs, there's a chance someone in Tampa could lose a job over this. And that's a shame because the NBA only cancelled because it's a preseason game and it doesn't hurt them to cancel it. But I wouldn't be expecting any preseason games back in Tampa without some serious hand-wringing next year.
You know, if there is a next year.