Raptors’ Fred VanVleet wants NBA to move cameras back after injuring his ankle
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet rolled his ankle on a cameraman in their season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. After the game, he called for the camera people to be moved so as to avoid another injury from happening.
“How many times does it have to happen before we have to think about doing something else?… It happens way too much. I think we can do a better job,” VanVleet said, per Josh Lewenberg of The Sports Network.
VanVleet added that the league has always listened to the players’ suggestions. Based on his observation, players’ stepping on or tripping on cameramen happens way too much.
“The NBA is so good at being proactive to help us out,” VanVleet shared. “If they’re going to move the box back keep the guys in the box, sometimes they sneak their feet out the box. We got good enough cameras. It doesnt happen everyday but it happens way too much.”
Fortunately for the Raptors, VanVleet’s injury is not serious. He ended up with 34 points, seven assists and five rebounds to help lead the Raptors to a 130-122 victory over the Pelicans.
He shot 12-of-18 from the field, 5-of-7 from downtown, and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. He also drained a 3-pointer in overtime with under two minutes remaining which gave them a safe five-point cushion.
It was a great season-opening win by the defending champions. But more than the victory, hopefully, the league heeds VanVleet’s request for the sake of the players’ safety.