League sources have confirmed a report from French radio station RMC, which quoted Spurs guard Tony Parker as saying the team learned at 2 a.m. Central Time that due to a technical problem, their plane would be stuck on the ground until 7 a.m. (8 a.m. ET).
According to the report, Parker said the Spurs could not find hotel rooms in New Orleans, leaving the team no option but to sleep on the plane.
San Antonio uses the charter company Champion Air, which has announced it is ceasing all operations at the end of May.
Henry Abbott writes the TrueHoop blog for ESPN.com.