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Paul George Injury: Why Was the Basket Support So Close to the Court?

Brian Windhorst of ESPN was the first person I saw point this out, regarding the basket support being so close when the Paul George injury happened.

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.

And here is a comparison from the Blue/White Team USA scrimmage placement to a normal Pacer game.

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.

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.

People’s health.

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.

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