Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh apparently wasn’t too impressed with the highly respected Oklahoma City Thunder crowd in Miami’s Game 1 loss Tuesday, reports CBS Sports‘ Ben Golliver.
“Everybody keeps talking about how loud it is,” Bosh said. “It’s regular. We’ve been in a lot of other arenas and it’s about the same. Once it gets really loud, it’s all about the same.”
The sellout crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena wore matching blue “One Thunder” shirts. The Tulsa World‘s Mark Cooper wrote that “a filled-to-capacity arena was rambunctious and ready.”
The Thunder crowd’s reputation has built over the past few seasons. Earlier this year, NBA.com‘s Chris Tomasson wrote about Oklahoma City’s home-court advantage.
Tomasson’s story included an anecdote from Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. After Game 1 of Denver’s series in Oklahoma City, Karl’s 6-year-old daughter’s ears hurt.
“She was crying because the noise was too loud,” Karl told Tomasson. “That’s a bad thing for a 6-year-old girl, but it’s an awful good thing for an NBA basketball team to have that emotion and that enthusiasm in the building.”
For Game 2, Karl’s daughter brought earplugs.