The only thing not surprising about what happened to Stephen Jackson is that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was not ordering a large soft drink.
After a three-point shot during the first quarter against the New York Knicks on Thursday, Jackson fell awkwardly in the corner of the court. As the San Antonio Spurs' veteran swingman came down from his shot, he stepped back and unwittingly tripped over a waitress crouched near the court side seats. One of those seats was occupied by Bloomberg. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Bloomberg appeared to have ordered a popcorn and a bottle of water.
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With Jackson down in front of the Mayor, the Knicks parlayed a 5-on-4 advantage into a Carmelo Anthony three-point make before the Spurs called a timeout. Jackson would not return due to a sprained right ankle. The Knicks would go on to defeat the Spurs, 100-83, snapping a seven-game win streak for the Western Conference leaders.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Spurs forward Stephen Jackson has left San Antonio's game against the Knicks after spraining his right ankle when he crashed into a waitress working the sideline in front of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Jackson was hurt in the first quarter Thursday night when he shot a 3-pointer from the corner. The shot missed and he stepped backward out of bounds and onto the waitress, who was kneeling in front of courtside seats.
It was unclear if the waitress was serving Bloomberg, who was seen eating a box of popcorn shortly after the play.