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.
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.”
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.