Life as an NBA camera man is more dangerous than one might think. There's the reality that, while sitting on the baseline, a tall, wide man can trample you at any moment. There's also the possibility that an errant pass can ding you upside the head.
Early in the second half between the Portland Trail Blazers and Itah Jazz, Utah center Enes Kanter received a pass at the left elbow and sized up a developing series of baseline screens. Richard Jefferson cut to the left post and put his hand up calling for the ball. Kanter flung a wayward pass about four-feet out of Jefferson's reach and pinged the camera man smack dab in the forehead.
It wasn't until Tuesday that the extent of Bunton's injuries were known. (h/t Ball Don't Lie):
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
Utah's loss to Portland was just another slap upside its own head in the midst of a floundering start out of the proverbial NBA starting gates. The Jazz have lost 19 games in the first month and a half of basketball, by far the most in the league.