Enes Kanter prepares to pass. (Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports)
On one hand, being a cameraman working at an NBA game sounds like a pretty amazing gig — sure, people are always mad at you for being too close to the action, but that's because you get to be so close to the action, granted a front-row, floor-level seat every night to watch some of the best athletes in the world ply their trade.
On the other, not only is it a tough gig to master, but there are certain occupational hazards that don't often plague those of us in other kinds of workplaces. For example, um, the high-post passing of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter.
Ouch. I mean, credit to the operator for the brand of professionalism that kept him staring down the barrel even as it was barreling down on him, but oof.
As you might expect, the cameraman was a bit shaken up by the incident:
Cameraman just walked out of the game after getting hit in the head with an errant Enes Kanter pass.
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 10, 2013
Team trainer Geoff Clark is attending to the camera man who got hit in the face by an errant pass from Kanter. He ... doesn't look great. — Casey Holdahl (@CHold) December 10, 2013
But you can't keep a good man down for long, as Blazers beat reporter Erik Gunderson of The Columbian informed us early in the fourth quarter:
CAMERA GUY BACK
— Erik Gundersen (@blazerbanter) December 10, 2013
We didn't learn the full extent of the injuries until Tuesday afternoon, though:
Best wishes to Brian Bunton cameraman who got blitzed by the errant Enes Kanter pass last night. 3 stitches and mild concussion. See u Sat— David Locke (@Lockedonsports) December 10, 2013
Oof. Best wishes, indeed. Rest up, Mr. Bunton, and here's hoping your next game's a less painful one than Monday was.
The Jazz are probably harboring the exact same hope. Despite game work from the backcourt troika of Gordon Hayward (17 points, five rebounds), Trey Burke (15 points, six rebounds, five assists) and reserve Alec Burks (a team-high 20 points on 8 for 11 shooting in 25 minutes), Utah fell to the Blazers, 105-94, to notch their fourth straight loss and see add another L to their NBA-worst 4-19 record. LaMarcus Aldridge the way with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists, and the Blazers got strong outings from Robin Lopez (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Nicolas Batum (seven points, 11 assists, eight rebounds) to improve their Western Conference-best mark to 18-4.
Kanter, who donated more than 200 gifts to Toys for Tots earlier Monday, finished with 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one memorable, and painful, turnover.
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