Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  6 responses

Gregg Popovich Critical of Courtside Photographers

Following a Tony Parker injury scare, Gregg Popovich railed against the proximity of NBA photogs to the playing surface. Per the Express-News: “Spurs point guard Tony Parker left Saturday’s 121-96 preseason loss to Miami in the third quarter after banging a finger on the camera of a photographer seated on the baseline. Parker’s left hand is fine, but his head coach was not thrilled with the cameraman’s proximity to the court at AmericanAirlines Arena. ‘It’s a danger waiting to happen,’ Gregg Popovich said. It wasn’t the first time a Spurs player has been nicked by a civilian getting too close to the action. Stephen Jackson sprained an ankle last season at MadisonSquareGarden tripping on a courtside waitress. In 2010, George Hill sprained an ankle after landing on a baseline photographer in Dallas. ‘It’s kind of like when you’re in your neighborhood. You keep telling people you need a stop sign, and they don’t change it until a kid gets killed and then they put up a stop sign,’ Popovich said. ‘Somebody of stature is going to get seriously hurt by one of those guys, and then all hell will break loose.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s insane that that still have all these guys sitting right by the court. photo and video technology has advanced so much that they could get the same type of shots from further away. it’s surprising that more players don’t get hurt while running out of bounds

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  • JibbsIsBallin

    Pop nails it on the head again. Great analogy too with the stop sign example. I don’t see the NBA stopping this though. They’re just too much revenue in media they receive from it.

  • Dfrance

    But like Spit said above, the camera tech has come a long way in the past 5-10 years. They can afford to move those guys back a few feet and still get outstanding shots.

  • Lloyd

    There’s always going to be something there. If they move the photographers, they’ll put seats in since then it’s just wasted space that they could be making money off of. Pick your poison really.