Yep, the data did not report on discharge results, I did say "maybe". Without unbiased scientific test data, I reserve judgement on the performance effects of hot or cold batteries. In any case, I do believe it is unquestioned that heat does reduce battery life.
Regarding equalization, if two cells charge and discharge at different rates,
why would making them equal in a discharge state improve their equalization in the charged state? I argue they would not, in fact, the opposite, you are amplifying their differences with respect to their charged state.
In my view, it isn't equalization but a method of fully discharging each cell,
which is important for NiCad batteries, but is not for NiMH. Furthermore, I argue that performing a full discharge before charging for NiMH batteries is simply reducing the battery life and making it take longer to charge them.
I realize the desire to find some undiscovered, unorthodox treatment of batteries to find some marginal performance gain, no matter what the cost in battery life.
I will say that if you take a warm-up lap before a race, you have just reduced your battery performance more than any trick might improve it, but that warm-up lap is worth more in your driver confidence than any possible increase in milliamps.