Tex...I looked at your flickr page. I'm curious about your shots from above, how did you get those? Like the tip off shot for example.
Some great shots by the way...really nice!
Another photographer showed me how to access the rafters of the stadium. It was not locked and definitely should have been, going there was pretty dangerous. I'm sure it is different, in each stadium, but there is an elaborate system of rafters to give access to work on the lights, sound system, A/C. The correct way to do it would have been to request access from the stadium. I'm sure they would have had me sign a waiver, or just said no. Just dropping a camera could have killed someone below.
I made sure I had the camera on a strap, and laid down when shooting through access holes rather than leaning into them. On the last day I set up a remote camera pointed down at one goal using a tripod to span one of the 2 foot x 2 foot access holes. This let me sit on the court in the opposite goal. Worked great except I used a 300mm f4, and the shots were too tight, the DOF too shallow. Next time I'll use my 100mm macro. (A 70-200 would be perfect, but I wanted that with me on the court)
Here is a photo of the other photographer that shows what it was like:
Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr
My basketball pics from a recent tournament: http://www.flickr.com/photos/103147492@N02/sets/72157638495325753/
Compliments always appreciated, Anyway, If you do something like that be careful.