If he hadn't ordered some food, the courtside waitress wouldn't have been crouching down and San Antonio Spurs Stephen Jackson wouldn't have sprained his ankle.
The Associated Press won't point any fingers, stating, "It was unclear if the waitress was serving Bloomberg, who was seen eating a box of popcorn shortly after the play." Seems all a little too coincidental for our liking.
Here's how Jackson ended up with a sprained foot: The play took place with less than four minutes in the first quarter of the Spurs' visit to the New York Knicks on Thursday night in Madison Square Garden. Spurs point guard Tony Parker was above the 3-point arc on the right wing and Jackson went to the left sideline along the far corner. Parker dribbled around a Tim Duncan screen, jumping to throw the pass to Jackson for a 3-point attempt. Jackson shot over the arm of Amar'e Stoudemire, but his shot came up short. Stoudemire's left elbow made contact with Jackson's side, but it didn't seem powerful enough to knock Jackson down. The Spurs swingman took a simple step backwards and crumpled to the floor.
The 13 year veteran got to his feet and hobbled off the court. He did not return to the game, having played just 2 minutes and 50 seconds and scoring no points.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is calling for the NBA to start policing the sidelines and baselines at games to avoid and further mishaps. "It's maddening. It's an accident waiting to happen."
"After what happened, I have no doubt the league has contacted teams to make sure everyone shores up their discipline in that area. It's obvious people shouldn't be ordering beers or Cokes or hot dogs when the game is going on," Popovich said.
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