NBA proposes creating more space along baseline

22 Comments

LeBron James crashed into a cameraman in the NBA Finals, and he wanted the players association to look into the where photographers were allowed to set up.

Well, the NBPA has. In conjunction with the NBA, it seems a rule change is coming.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

Adam Silver said Tuesday that a proposal was presented to the Competition Committee and Board of Governors to create additional escape lanes for players.

Under the proposal, on which the league consulted with the National Basketball Players Association, the escape lanes on either side of each basket stanchion would be widened by a foot. Also, an additional escape lane would be created on the other side of that first camera position on either side.

“We think it’s necessary,” Silver said. “… It’s a constant balance we’re looking to achieve in terms of getting those great images out to our fans around the world, allowing the media to appropriately cover our game and finding the right balance for player safety.”

This would be a good rule change.

Plenty of talented photographers and videographers cover the NBA, and they can get compelling shots from areas farther from the court. They don’t need to be so close as to put player safety at risk.

Of course, this issue gets more attention now that LeBron is involved, and I get how that bugs some people. But at least progress is being made. The root of it shouldn’t matter too much.