By all accounts – from Mavericks’ officials and Carter – the two fans were very well behaved.
“They were cool,” Carter said. “I just didn’t have enough room to sit so I went on the other side of them. That happens sometimes. They were good dudes. That was where their seats were, so it wasn’t any big deal. But I have to admit, it looked funny when I saw the video.”
The NBA called the Mavericks during the game and requested that Carter move back to the bench area, which he did. The league released this statement through senior vice president for basketball communications Tim Frank:
“The fans were in their ticketed seats, not on the Mavs’ bench. Vince sat in a ticketed seat, instead of the bench, which gave the appearance the fans were on the bench.”
There were no issues with the incident. All it did is reinforce how the seats closest to the action often intrude on the team’s area.
It’s good to hear actually, considering … um … how other Pistons fans have chose to behave around opposing players in the past. The Pistons have been interested in ways to improve the fan experience, I think they might be onto something with this.