Sunday, January 6th, 2013 at 4:40 pm  |  12 responses

Gregg Popovich Wants Courtside Fans to Stop Ordering Food and Drinks

According to the San Antonio Spurs head coach, the NBA should police the activities of fans in the super-expensive seats during games, and help curb incidents like the one involving Stephen Jackson earlier this week. Jackson was injured after accidentally stepping on a waitress who was serving NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Per the Express-News: “Calling Thursday’s sideline incident at Madison Square Garden that led to forward Stephen Jackson’s right ankle sprain ‘a Mayoral mishap,’ Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called on the NBA to police activity along the league’s sidelines and baselines. ‘It’s maddening,’ Popovich said. ‘It’s an accident waiting to happen.’ Jackson sat out Saturday’s 109-86 home win over the 76ers, but Popovich said the injury to the 12-year veteran was not serious. ‘He’s 50-50 for New Orleans,’ the Spurs coach said regarding Monday’s game. Popovich expressed confidence the incident would spur the league to better control the sidelines during games. ‘After what happened, I have no doubt the league has contacted teams to make sure everybody shores up their discipline in that area,’ he said. ‘It’s obvious people shouldn’t be ordering beers or Cokes or hot dogs when the game is going on.’”

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  • Dutch Rich

    Where are the 16oz beverage jokes?

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    How can you tell someone who just paid a billion dollars for a courtside seat when they can eat and drink? The solution is to move everyone back a few feet. Fans, scorers table and camera people. Camera tech is to the point where the camera people don’t need to be on the court to capture the action.

  • 160z beverage jokes

    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    To get a 16oz beverage.

  • Matt Era

    seriously they shouldn’t have seats that close to the court… they make huge amounts of money off everything else im sure they could take out the row behind…. seriously its just dangerous for the players and fans

  • thesage

    Next person to buy a drink is gonna have to buy me a car. – Pop

  • shutup

    Paid a billion dollars… lmfao

  • pposse

    Popovich = troll of the decade

  • TBRK

    He didn’t say they shouldn’t be able to eat and drink, shouldn’t be able to to have waiters/waitresses bring them their food courtside….I agree, make the floor wider and bring everyone back a bit

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I didn’t say he said that. He’s saying they shouldn’t be brought food while the game is going on, but my point is you can’t expect people to wait until the end of quarters or halftime to get food.

  • Yesse

    Well, i think he is right. If not this, then move the courtside seats back a little. Same guys for the camera guys. Somebody always gets injured, because of them.

  • Comment_System

    Oh pop, you crotchety old bastard. Don’t ever change.
    Also, kind of offtopic but that waitress was sexy.


    Much as I admire Popovich, I rarely agree with the suggestions he doles out to the media, but this one is perfectly correct and on target. There’s no reason for some waiter or waitress to be poking their behind (however well shaped it may be) into the players’ area. I don’t care what bigwig it may be, they shouldn’t be getting courtside service. If they so badly want to have their expensive mugs seen in those expensive seats then they should buy an extra seat for their butler or maid and have that drudge go get their drinks and pretzels for them. These clowns are supposedly there to see great atheletes perform. They should be paying attention to what’s happening on the court rather than stuffing their already full stomachs. I can only hope someone inadvertently trips Bloomberg somewhere in the bowls of City Hall and that he falls down flat and breaks his nose.