NBA game cancelled due to slippery floor
A slippery court installed over an NHL ice surface forced the cancellation of Friday night's exhibition finale between the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat.
The Magic couldn't hold a shootaround practice because of the wet conditions Friday morning, prompting coach Stan Van Gundy and guard Vince Carter to question the safety of the court. Workers at the St. Pete Times Forum tried to solve the problem for several hours.
The NBA released a statement saying the game was canceled because of "unsafe playing conditions on the arena floor."
The game will not be rescheduled.
"It's like playing on ice right now, literally," Carter said during the morning, watching as a few Magic players did some shooting. After the team left, workers returned to the court with mops, both for cleaning and working on slippery areas.