NBA Player Picks Up Photographer's DSLR and Snaps Away

 NBA Player Picks Up Photographer's DSLR and Snaps Away

How would you react if someone grabbed your camera and started taking photos without asking you? What if that person was a professional athlete? Would that change your opinon? The question comes up due to an event during today's Bulls game. Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer accidentally kicked a photographer’s DSLR (complete with a pocket wizard on the shoe) onto the court at the same time as Raptors player Terrence Ross drove to the basket and got fouled. When he noticed the camera on the ground, Raptors power forward Amir Johnson picked it up and fired off a few shots of his teammates before handing it off.

Below is a video of the incident at the Bulls game (you can see the camera skid across the floor in the lower left of the video at 0:27):

At the London Olympics Usain Bolt did what amounts to the same thing when he commandeered a photographer's camera to photograph the excitement of his moment from his perspective. Those photos went viral and maybe these will too, but the question remains... How would you feel about this happening if it were your gear?

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Graeme Simpson's picture

if the photographer went onto the court and grabbed the ball he'd be carried out by security in a heartbeat. yet as photographers we have to pretend it's ok while they handle thousands £'s of our precious gear

this is the dumbest reply, if the ball went next to the photographer and he picked it up and dribbled it and then gave it back thats no harm. and amir didnt do any harm to the camera, boozer is the one that kicked it. amir was actually smart enough to pick it up before someone stepped on it and did serious damage.

Too bad there's such little respect afforded to people today by the self centred "look at me i'm important" idiots.

They're paid big $$$ to bounce a ball and throw it into a hoop, that's it, that's their "skill".

Self-importantance... Sad.

Doug Gray's picture

It isn't a "skill". It is a skill. A skill that is far more valuable than anything anyone on here could possibly dream of doing (I doubt there is a single person on here making $35,000,000 like the top NBA guys are between their contract to play and endorsements). And it is a skill that people spend billions of dollars on every year to watch about 450 guys do.

They run back an forth, bouncing a ball and throw it in a hoop.
You're right, it's not a "skill', 6 year olds can do it.

You clearly dont understand the ammount of skill it takes to be a professional atlete. But that's besides the point. Professional athletes get paid that much because, whether it's morally right or not, THE MONEY IS THERE. People are more than willing to pay that much money to see them. Therefore, they are earning that revenue. So if all that money is there, shouldn't it at least go to the people that are the reason behind it being there? B
Again, besides the point. He removed an expensive piece of gear from the floor where it could have been trampled, took a few shots, which cost the photographer NOTHING and most likely will GAIN him money, and then respectfully gave it back. No harm done.

He runs back an forth, bouncing a ball and throws it in a hoop.

We walk around and click a button. Ya, everything sounds pointless when you over-simplify it.

Bounce, run, bounce, throw.

He's the one making millions.

It amazes me that people are fascinated with people who can bounce a ball, run with it and throw it through a hoop (just like a 6 year old).
Skill... not so much.
Human race, going down.

Doug Gray's picture

It amazes me that you think it is so simple to be a professional athlete. If it is that simple, go do it. Imagine all of the camera gear and trips you could buy/take with the money you would make with just one year in the NBA at league minimum ($500,000). I will be waiting for your debut. Or not.

Already know how to bounce a ball, run with it and throw it through a hoop.
I therefore am a professional.
Thank you.

Doug Gray's picture

You need to learn what the word professional means. A profession, is how one makes a living. If no one is paying you to "bounce a ball, run with it (which would be traveling, and thus you would lose possession) and throw it through a hoop", then you aren't a professional basketball player. Now if you would have said you were a professional clown, THAT I would believe.

Please stop..... Really...
Next you'll be telling me that Justin Bieber is a singer.


trolling so hard and ppl taking the bait

Doug Gray's picture

No, 6 year olds can't do it. Not only could most of them not dribble it down the court without breaking a rule, none of them can throw it the 10 feet needed to get it in the hoop. Much less doing so when someone is guarding them.

You get assigned to shoot a photo. Now try to do it with someone out to stop you. Good luck.

This is a basketball game. The entire focus and purpose of this event is the game being played, not the photographers. Technically, he disturbed their event, and they just rolled with it. Had a basketball player taken a photographers camera and started playing with it at a magazine shoot, the reactions would be completely different.

Jon McGuffin's picture

Couldn't have said it better myself. The photographer is in the basketball players domain, not the other way around.

habve never seen a white player doing this. maybe private property does mean more to them.

WOW! Really? Is this 2013?

This comment needs moderating. There's no place for remarks like that.

I agree...

There is no need for this comment. Are we missing the sarcasm? Either way, this comment is in poor taste, to say the least.

i'd love to see you say that in a room full of black people...

If i Ruled the World's picture

i hope this comment is moderated... you can lose a few loyal artist who come to this site everyday instead of the thousand others.

steve carrillo's picture

racism STILL ALIVE - Kanye


Now these photos should be copyrighted to the player, right? So the photographer can not sell them etc.

I would like to think the photos belong to the photographer seeing he was working when the incident happen and the camera used to take the photos belong to him/her.