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Fan Smoking Caused Paul Pierce and Michael Beasley Asthma Attacks in China

UPDATE: Paul Pierce says the report is not true

Wait, Michael Beasley has asthma?  But doesn’t he … never mind.  On to the point.  People born in the 1920s probably think it seems strange to have smoking banned in indoor arenas and sporting venues across America.  While sporting events are a safer place because of it, many of them are accustomed to seeing Red Auerbach puffing on a cigar during Celtics games.  It sounds like Red’s tradition lives on in China.

As you all know, some of the NBA players have been balling over in China during the lockout.  During the International Basketball Cup, an eight-team tournament, Beasley and Paul Pierce both suffered asthma attacks as a result of the smoke that regularly fills the stadium in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province.  Both were forced to sit out a game (although Beasley also has an injured wrist). Here’s the translation that NiuBBall.com gathered from a Chinese news site.

“While playing in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province… Pierce and Beasley both suffered asthma attacks due to large amounts of fans smoking cigarettes inside the stadium. After the game, things got even more shocking when Beasley fell to the floor in his hotel and started to roll around in obvious pain, scaring everyone around half-to-death. At that point, there was no choice but to dial 120 (the number for an ambulance in China) and take him to the hospital.”

As Deadspin pointed out, Beasley’s reaction may have had more to do with the wrist injury.  Still, it is strange to see smoking allowed at indoor stadiums with what we’re used to in America.  I’m not saying it’s a better way to do things or a safer way –  actually, yes I am. It is.

Paul Pierce Ejection Video – Referee Ed Malloy Going too Far?

Easily the most controversial call of the second round of the NBA Playoffs came in Game 1 of the Heat-Celtics series. Paul Pierce already had one technical foul when he set a screen on Dwyane Wade in the fourth quarter. They exchanged words, and Pierce may have said something to referee Ed Malloy who gave him his second technical. The second technical resulted in an automatic ejection that had Doc Rivers livid and all fans screaming about the call. Here’s a video of the Paul Pierce ejection for you to judge:

Jeff Van Gundy was going nuts as a commentator about the call, saying referee Ed Malloy had gone too far. Fans were screaming the same thing. That may be the case, but we can’t fairly judge the situation until we know what Pierce said to Malloy. The NBA instituted a rule before the season saying players were being watched more closely for overt reactions to calls and that their reactions could result in technicals. I’m guessing that’s the reason Pierce got his second technical that resulted in his ejection.

Under these guidelines, it’s quite possible that Pierce’s words (or actions) warranted a tech. Whether the rule should be in place is a debatable issue, but what isn’t questionable is receiving a technical for overt reactions to calls under these rules. Sadly this isn’t the first controversial call we’ve had during the playoffs.

Chest bump to Ben Golliver for the video

Paul Pierce Gatorade Video Proves He Must Be a Powerade Guy

Considering Paul Pierce had a Gatorade sitting in front of him at a Celtics postgame press conference last week, I’m assuming there must be some sort of sponsorship deal in place. We all know nothing is free these days, so Gatorade must be paying to have their products sitting on the press table in front of the superstars after games. Maybe they should ask for some money back. Check out the Paul Pierce Gatorade video and pay close attention to his reaction:

Man, I really want to run out and try that stuff now. He looked so refreshed after that sip.  Thanks to Sports by Brooks Live for the video.

Tom Brady and Paul Pierce Are Close to Obese on the BMI Scale

What’s the point of knowing a person’s body mass index, or BMI?  A recent report by WCVB in Boston proves that there really isn’t one.  After a woman from Amesbury, Mass. was denied health insurance coverage on a knee operation because her BMI is 33, WCVB shed some perspective on what is considered “obese” on the BMI scale.

It turns out two of their local heroes, Tom Brady and Paul Pierce, are easily overweight and nearly obese.  A BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 is considered overweight while 30.0+ is considered obese.  Brady’s BMI is 27.4 and Pierce’s is 26.5.  Apparently they’re a couple of fatties.

Of course there are exceptions, and athletes who pack on the pounds and build muscle for a living are certainly some of them.  BMI is essentially a ratio of height-to-weight, so it’s understandable that athletes would tread the line between average and overweight.  The point is the BMI scale is completely ridiculous — especially if it’s being used as a deciding factor in insurance coverage.  Are Tom Brady and Paul Pierce obese?  If the answer is “yes” or anything close to “yes,” sign me up for a weight-gaining class.

Doc Rivers is Staying: What it Means

Less than 24 hours after Paul Pierce‘s agent announced he would opt out of the final year of his contract with the Boston Celtics, word is surfacing that head coach Doc Rivers will return to the team and, at the very least, finish out his current contract.  For those of you who are interested in the Celtics and wondering what this means for their off-season plans, the answer is a lot.

The fact that Doc has chosen to return probably answers most of the questions that Boston had after the playoffs ended and is an indication that they plan on keeping their core in tact for at least another year.  Rivers has at times been given a bit too much credit as a coach when you consider the roster he was handed a few years ago, but there’s something to be said for being a players’ coach that a team responds to.  Let’s go over a few implications that the return of Rivers has for the reigning Eastern Conference champs.

1. Paul Pierce’s opt out doesn’t mean he’s leaving Boston.

The reason players have been opting out of the final years of their deals, regardless of where they want to play, has to do with the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement.  The current CBA will expire after next season and it’s pretty much a certainty at this point that it will result in the league’s top players making less money.  The ceiling for a maximum contract players can sign is going to be lowered, therefore players are opting out (when able to) and seeking a long-term deal under the current CBA rather than waiting until next off-season.

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Paul Pierce Punches Ref by Accident

After struggling in Game 2 and losing to the Lakers in Game 3, Paul Pierce played with a purpose for the Celtics in Game 4 on Thursday night. He came out charged up, making his first three shots and scoring 10 of his 19 points. He would have had 21 points in the game if his late first quarter layup counted, but unfortunately it didn’t. You never would have been able to tell by Pierce’s reaction — he wound up smacking the ref in his celebration! Here’s the video of Paul Piercing punching referee Ed Rush by accident:

Despite his hot start Pierce only ended up with 19 points. The Celtics got away from going to Pierce but it worked out fine in the end as Boston’s bench took advantage of the Lakers in the fourth quarter. I’m sure Paul Pierce will take that formula any day as long as his team wins games.

LA Times Goes Too Far, Pokes Fun at Paul Pierce for Being Stabbed

There’s nothing wrong with hating a team or a team’s players.  Laker fans have grown to despise Celtic fans over the years and vice-versa.  That will happen when two teams face each other in the NBA Finals 12 times in 40 years.  For the most part, the hatred that accompanies a rivalry like this one brings fun and excitement to the game.  However, an LA Times blog post that was published briefly on Monday morning represented an example of how even writers can get caught up in a heated rivalry and forget that at the end of the day it’s just a game.

LA Times columnist Ted Green got completely carried away in a blog post he wrote on Monday morning.  In his thorough compilation of reasons to hate the Celtics, Green slipped in a comment that poked fun at Paul Pierce for having been stabbed at a night club back in 2000.  Here is what Green said about Pierce, courtesy of The Big Lead:

“By the way, Pierce’s idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times!”

I don’t know if Ted Green forgot his morning coffee or what, but I can’t figure out how he would think that publishing a comment like that is appropriate or funny in any way.  Even if he thinks it’s funny — and that would be pretty disturbing — you’d think he’d have enough common sense to realize that he’s taking things too far by saying something like that. The LA Times certainly realized it was out of line; they edited that line out of the article.  There are plenty of things to make fun of the Celtics’ captain for, and Green hit on a couple when he criticized Pierce for taking flops and being a drama queen.  He could have even taken a shot at his arrogance, which was on display two years ago when he claimed to be the best player in the world.

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