Gregg Popovich Critical of Courtside Photographers

by October 21, 2013

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.'”