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.
“It’s a danger waiting to happen,” Gregg Popovich said. …
“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.”
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.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.
This was not Marc Gasol‘s first attempt to head in the ball after a whistle, but this time, he converted.
Here was his January try:
As Rockets general manager Daryl Morey once noted, cherry-picking James Harden‘s worst defensive plays to create a video is unfair. Many players would look awful by that measure.
But Harden provides serious ammo for these worst-of videos.
This non-attempt to stop Lance Thomas is just brutal.
At least Houston buckled down to beat the Knicks, 116-111 in overtime. The Rockets have climbed to 26th in points allowed per possession.
So, Kobe Bryant‘s NBA career is officially going to come to an end after the 2015-16 season. That part he announced on Sunday.
What’s still up in the air is Bryant’s participation in one last Olympics. Bryant has been in consideration to make Team USA this summer at the games in Rio de Janeiro, and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo tells ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that he hasn’t ruled that out yet:
Kobe was asked about this at his post-game press conference Sunday and said it was not a goal, but if it was offered he’d consider it.
“I’d be honored if that was there, it would be fantastic to be around that group and spend kind of the last journey with them,” Bryant said. “That being said, it’s not something that I’m obsessing over.”
‘When Bryant made it known that he wanted to play in Rio, he made it clear to Colangelo and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski that he wanted to earn a spot, not be given one as a lifetime achievement award. Watching him so far this season, it’s almost impossible to imagine him making the roster on merit.
But nobody should begrudge him if he wanted to extend the farewell tour just a little bit longer.