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Gregg Popovich rips 'maddening' NBA sideline policy


11:34 AM ET 01.06 | Calling Thursday's sideline incident at Madison Square Garden that led to forward Stephen Jackson's right ankle sprain "a Mayoral mishap," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called on the NBA to police activity along the league's sidelines and baselines. "It's maddening," Popovich said of the incident in which Jackson lost his balance after running into a waitress during the first quarter of the Spurs-Knicks game. The waitress appeared to be taking an order from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. "It's an accident waiting to happen." Jackson sat out Saturday's 109-86 home win over the 76ers, but Popovich said the injury to the 12-year veteran was not serious. "He's 50-50 for New Orleans," the Spurs coach said regarding Monday's game. Popovich expressed confidence the incident would spur the league to better control the sidelines during games. "After what happened, I have no doubt the league has contacted teams to make sure everybody shores up their discipline in that area," he said. "It's obvious people shouldn't be ordering beers or Cokes or hot dogs when the game is going on."

San Antonio Express-News

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January 6, 2013  01:06 PM ET

You are. Just not during live game action.

January 6, 2013  01:13 PM ET

when you are a fan paying 2500+$ for a courtside seat, you should be allowed to order a damn beer.

You are. Just not during live game action.

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January 6, 2013  01:35 PM ET

Pop is hardly "ripping" the nba on this. Safety should be a concern for both players and the fans sitting courtside.

I just watched a snippet from a recent Clips game where Blake Griffin went after a loose ball and fell into two kids (probably about 8-10 years old). Nobody got hurt, but what about next time?

Here's a couple of rules that may help. No small children in the first 5 rows of the action, and order/server food and drinks courtside during a break in the action.

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January 6, 2013  01:44 PM ET

What about banning old people with bad hips too?

"What about banning old people with bad hips, too?"

Works for me.

"Or people that wear glasses?"

They probably see better and thus are more likely to get out of the way. So, we should require people in the front row to wear glasses (or contacts).

"Or toupees- don't want to lose one of."

Not a safety issue. Now you're just being ridiculous.

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January 6, 2013  05:06 PM ET

Sounds like a $250,000 fine for the Knicks for hiring employees to injure opposing players. We know you love the Knicks, but come on, Stern, grow a pair.

January 6, 2013  06:29 PM ET

Pop's and all players/coaches should remember that they are just things for our amusement, plain and simple.
So if the owners wants to appease the fans with drinks, hotdogs or shooting tin cans off the head of Stephen Jackson's head in the middle of the game, **** up and deal with it.

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January 6, 2013  08:14 PM ET

Padded walls and raise the seats....simple fix

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January 7, 2013  03:42 PM ET

In the early days of hoops the court court was fenced in to separate players from fans for their mutual protection (hence the term cagers). We may need to return to those days.... or at least put Bloomberg in a cage.

January 7, 2013  08:59 PM ET

Give em hell Pop!


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