You’ve seen Walter Iooss Jr’s work before. I’m confident of that as he’s been shooting sports for the last 50 years. You name it, he’s been there or shot it. He shares a number of anecdotes in this great piece he wrote for Sports Illustrated. I could offer an excerpt but it’s too hard to choose between his encounters with Michael Jordan, Barry Bonds, John McEnroe, Lebron James, Reggie Jackson or Tiger Woods.
Best for you to check it out yourself and see The Education of Walter Iooss Jr.