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James' courtside crash raises concerns for NBA fan safety

Caption: Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James falls into Ellie Day, wife of PGA Tour golf player Jason Day, at left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in Cleveland. (John... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

CLEVELAND (AP) - For years, NBA fans have been willing to pay thousands to sit courtside and watch some of the world's most powerful athletes run and jump.

Up close, there is nothing quite like the experience.

On Thursday night, that thrill came with a heavy price.

Chasing after a loose ball, Cavaliers superstar LeBron James crashed into the wife of PGA golf champion Jason Day, sending her tumbling violently backward from her seat in an incident that could push the league to consider changes to protect its fans.

Ellie Day, who gave birth to her second child last month, was hospitalized from the impact of the scary encounter with the 6-foot-8, 250-pound James, perhaps the game's most physically imposing player.

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