Tony Parker left the Spurs’ preseason game against the Heat on Saturday after hitting his finger on the camera of a photographer seated along the baseline.
There was no serious injury sustained, but it gave Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich yet another opportunity to publicly speak out against various arena personnel being stationed so close to the players on the floor.
From Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:
Parker’s left hand is fine, but his head coach was not thrilled with the cameraman’s proximity to the court at AmericanAirlines Arena.Last season, Steven Jackson (before he was cut) sustained an injury when he collided with a waitress taking an order on the sideline while the game was in progress.
Baseline photographers are indeed a hazard to the players, and if they can’t be moved back far enough to prevent any type of injury, then they should be eliminated from that floor location altogether.
Popovich is right — an injury to one of the game’s high-profile stars isn’t worth a few extra high-quality photos from a baseline angle.
Link to article: Spurs coach Popovich speaks out against baseline photographers | ProBasketballTalk
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Well as soon as Lebron, KD, DRose gets injured from a sideline photographer.... then the league will take notice and move them. Until then... Good luck. Kind of like when Tom Brady was hit at the knees and was out and the Brady rule was created. That also I believe started the windstorm of injury prevention rules in the NFL. Or at least it seemed like it.
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