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Spurs coach speaks out against baseline photographers
Jeff Kowalsky, Photographer
West Bloomfield | MI | United States | Posted: 9:07 PM on 10.23.13
->> 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.

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/20/spurs-coach-popovich-spea...
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Robert DeForge, Photographer
Gaylord | MI | United States | Posted: 11:56 PM on 10.23.13
->> He is probably right......even the fans are so close along the sidelines in those expensive seats.....amazing more do not get hurt. Dennis Rodman is not playing anymore, so a little safer for photographers on the baseline :)
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 1:06 AM on 10.24.13
->> Steve Blake split his head on a camera in a game here once. I'll never forget the blood. It was a crazy freak thing. But not something that happens often. It's an over reaction. Personally, I prefer other angles from the baseline anyway.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 9:26 AM on 10.24.13
->> yeah, I was one of those photographers victimized by Dennis Rodman, although no damage or injury occurred. In fact, he came over to me during a timeout and asked if I was okay? So not all is lost.

My days of shooting NBA are behind me, but as you all know, it takes very few, or even just one to fuel the change of policy so you may want to be prepared for it.
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Eric Francis, Photographer
Omaha | NE | United States | Posted: 12:07 PM on 10.24.13
->> "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."

Just where would they propose putting photographers then?
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 1:05 PM on 10.24.13
->> Well then, based on this article they better move the table back or off the floor entirely... I can't tell you how many players we see sprawled out on the scorer's table, or doing somersaults over the table... players running into the bench chairs... I mean if you want to turn the court into a padded cell then I guess you could do that, but it ain't necessary. Photogs are part of the game same as the reporters, scorekeepers, clock operators, ushers, and yes, the high-priced seats at courtside. I get flattened REAL good at least once a season, and if you anticipate it and you know how to lay out your equipment to minimize damage to you and the player it's not a problem.

Try shooting at Cal (Berkeley) and Stanford; photogs are LITERALLY sitting between the legs of people in those courtside seats... We all get real friendly... and joke about it. "This doesn't mean we're going steady" or "Just so you know I don't do this at home" or "I'll have to remind my wife I'm not gay"... etc etc etc. or "Dude, your shoelace is untied... want me to fix it for you?"

Don't you just love whiney coaches?
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Mark Perlstein, Photographer, Photo Editor
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 3:25 PM on 10.24.13
->> So, Phil, did you ever trip over a photographer while officiating a game? I nearly broke an ankle tripping over a remote flash/tabletop tripod someone had on the baseline. I am officially retired(from officiating).
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Robert Seale, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 4:08 PM on 10.24.13
->> BS argument. If you want the players to be safe, then you need to remove the ridiculously close courtside seating too. The fans are just as close, and often aren't paying attention. Widen the escape lane and ban monopods if you want, but eliminating baseline photographers, while continuing to sell courtside seats is pretty ludicrous.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 4:47 PM on 10.24.13
->> Heck man, those rubber lens hoods should have prevented that injury to Tony Parker.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:02 PM on 10.25.13
->> What Robert said.

Mark, no, I never tripped over photographers, but many times, while in transition, I collided with assistants and some head coaches standing on the court while coaching their teams. It's the TV guys, especially from ESPN that were the arrogant, uncooperative obstacles. They seem to operate with impunity, thinking they are somehow more important than the still guys. I've asked them many times to move back to where they should be and were ignored; and they ignored the ushers!
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Jim Donnelly, Photographer
Coral Springs | Fl | USA | Posted: 2:11 AM on 10.30.13
->> Try having Shaq fall on you at full speed! Not a fun day at the office and there is no way you can brace for that no matter how much preplanning you try to anticipate! Those were the days!
Stay safe out there. God forbid they hurt a finger!
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 9:19 AM on 10.30.13
->> Mark, I have found the only referees who have "problems" with baseline photographers are usually inexperienced and don't have their "bearings". I have covered hundreds of basketball games and the refs learn not to run into the photographers.....the fact of the matter is there are a helluva lot more photographers injured when players run into them than the players themselves. They are after all professional/ semi- professional athletes. As Phil said, I've seen many more players injured flying into the scorers table than hitting the baseline photographers. Heck, most of the players find it safer to hurdle the photographers and crash into the fans over our heads. This coach is just being ignorant.
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Mark Perlstein, Photographer, Photo Editor
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 10:15 AM on 10.30.13
->> Chuck, for every pro game there are hundreds of boy/girls grade school/high school/college games. All being photographed, many by inexperienced/selfish photographers. In my 40 years of refereeing, my problems(very few) were with photographers who did not think beyond their needs. You know the ones, stepping into restricted area during a play, sticking their legs out in to the running lane of the official, leaving unattended gear. All levels of athletics are becoming more safety conscious, and should be.
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David Welker, Photographer, Assistant
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 11:37 AM on 11.13.13
->> Just to add a bit of fire to this discussion.. Now that basketball is back in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjdUTLeVpBA&list=UUiWLfSweyRNmLpgEHekhoAg
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