Basket stanchions at Thomas & Mack Center appears to be significantly closer than NBA standard. pic.twitter.com/q0Nd5N847D
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 2, 2014
Then Kyle Weidie of Truth About It noted the distance that the basket support, i.e., the stanchion, was during NBA summer league on the same Las Vegas court where Paul George shattered his leg.
Stanchion closeness at NBA Summer League at Thomas & Mack … (2/3) pic.twitter.com/HjY3peLwvc
— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) August 2, 2014
And here is a comparison from the Blue/White Team USA scrimmage placement to a normal Pacer game.
— ManBearPig (@tdot82) August 2, 2014
You hate to go around pointing fingers in the heat of the emotions after seeing something this heinous happen (I’m still nauseous), but what in the ever-living-shit?
Who made this decision?
Dave McMenamin talked to some people who noted that it isn’t just the basket support, but the camera people underneath the hoop that is an issue.
Spoke to 2 coaches here in Vegas tonite who say the court must be expanded on the baseline. Not just stanchion issue, also camera men
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 2, 2014
It is beyond time to do something about the clutter around the hoop. Today’s player jump so far and are so high in the air while trying to do amazing things around the rim that their safety must be the number-one priority for the NBA and all organized basketball federations.
Not cool pictures, not high-priced seating options.
Perhaps now change will come. It is awful that this had to happen — and this is not due to camera people — but the baseline needs to be made as safe as possible for players.
Injuries will never be eradicated, but it is the job of USA Basketball and the NBA to make sure that it is doing everything it can to keep stuff like this from happening.