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Gregg Popovich vents on dangers of baseline photographers

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10:05 AM ET 10.20 | Spurs point guard Tony Parker left Saturday's 121-96 preseason loss to Miami in the third quarter after banging a finger on the camera of a photographer seated on the baseline. 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 wasn't the first time a Spurs player has been nicked by a civilian getting too close to the action. Stephen Jackson sprained an ankle last season at Madison Square Garden tripping on a courtside waitress. In 2010, George Hill sprained an ankle after landing on a baseline photographer in Dallas. "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."

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October 20, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Has a point!

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October 20, 2013  10:35 AM ET

Use Zoom Lens, Bros.

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October 20, 2013  11:01 AM ET

The same could be said about courtside seats. Do people really need to be within a couple of feet of the court. A four to six foot perimeter around the court would be safer for the players.

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October 20, 2013  12:36 PM ET

He is right on the money. The camera technology is so advance now that there is no need for all of these stupid photographers by the baseline. Can you imagine if the NFL did the same thing? These NFL photographers are so far away that you don't even notice them. What's the purpose of having those super close up lenses that they have?

October 20, 2013  01:41 PM ET
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......I'm surprised the NBA lets those guys sit so close.

NBA allows it because it provides the opportunity for that good 'money shot' that just won't translate through a zoom lens.

October 20, 2013  04:14 PM ET

Pop is always right....well almost always right....<Tries to get last minute of Game 6 out of head>

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October 20, 2013  11:50 PM ET

This has been going on too long. It is going to hurt someone severely someday...

 
October 21, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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Pop is always right....well almost always right....<Tries to get last minute of Game 6 out of head>

You must be Matt Bonner's cousin or something....

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