Paul Pierce made a shocking admission recently about one of the defining moments of his career, and Jalen Rose may never let him live it down.
While fulfilling his usual duties for ESPN before Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Pierce said he needed to be taken to the locker room in a wheelchair during Game 1 of the Finals in 2008 because he had to go to the bathroom. What initially looked like a severe knee injury was actually a case of nature calling, which explains why Pierce was able to return to the game and help the Celtics beat the Lakers after only missing a minute of play.
Jalen Rose, who has frequently traded barbs with Pierce during ESPN broadcasts, tweeted on Monday that he thought about Pierce when he ran out of toilet paper. His tweet appeared to be as part of a sponsorship deal with Charmin, which made it a very creative execution.
To refresh your memory, let’s set the scene. It was Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in Boston. Pierce was guarding Kobe Bryant in the third quarter and went down grabbing his knee after a Bryant shot.
Pierce was then carried off the court and placed in a wheelchair where he was wheeled into the locker room. About a minute later in the game, he came bouncing out of the tunnel and onto the sidelines, quickly checking back into the game.
The amount of pain he was in and the way he was able to so quickly return did not add up. But Pierce divulging this detail makes so much sense now and places it all into proper context. Plus, factor in the way someone was behind him as he was carried off the court, and the suspicion that the person was shielding viewers from seeing his backside adds up.
What Pierce omitted though is whether he had already pooped himself and was trying to cover it up, which is something people have long speculated. The Truth needs to answer about that part. Oh, and by the way, an athlete pooping his pants in a game is not unusual.
Fans in Toronto are said to be extraordinarily polite, but that was not the case for their dealings with Paul Pierce.
Raptors fans in attendance at Scotiabank Arena for Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday in Toronto chanted “Paul Pierce sucks” after seeing the ESPN analyst. Pierce played right back at them with a hand to the ear:
Paul Pierce got into a confrontation with security staffers at a UFC event last year, and the former NBA star is facing a lawsuit because of it.
According to a report from TMZ, Christopher Mostello was working security at the T-Mobile Arena during UFC 229 — headlined by Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov — when a supervisor called him to respond to an incident involving Pierce. Mostello says Pierce had gotten physical with a female supervisor because she asked to see his ticket when he returned to his seat. Mostello accused Pierce of grabbing the woman’s arms and shoving her aside, and he supposedly screamed “f— you!” at Costello and called him a racist when Costello came over to help.
The incident was documented by TMZ last October, and a video taken by a fan sitting nearby shows Pierce being escorted out and calling Costello a racist more than once. Mostello says his reputation has been negatively impacted as a result of the incident, and he is suing Pierce for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit demands more than $15,000 in damages plus other costs.
Paul Pierce has made some more comments that are sure to get the attention of the masses.
During ESPN’s pregame coverage before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night, Pierce said he thought the Portland Trail Blazers could win if Kevin Durant misses games in the series due to his calf injury. In his explanation for his pick, Pierce said the Blazers’ guards are as good as the Warriors’.
“I do (think Portland can win),” Pierce said. “I think it’s closer than you think. For one, I think that the backcourts are a wash. Damian Lillard was a first-team All-NBA player a year ago. That will be Steph (Curry) this year. So these guys are neck-and-neck when we talk about talent and scoring. CJ McCollum is playing like an All-Star. Klay Thompson is an All-Star. So they’re not far off from each other. The difference is the role players.”
Pierce’s support of Portland’s guards is nice, but we can’t agree. Curry is an MVP and the greatest shooter in NBA history. There is a big difference between being second or even first-team All-NBA and being a league MVP. The difference between those two levels is similar to the difference between being a first or second-team All-NBA pick and just missing the cut. Similarly, Klay is so accomplished and has proven how good he is numerous times. McCollum is a very good player and proved his value in Game 7 of the conference semis, but he’s still a step below Thompson.
The best way for them to prove Pierce’s comments to be true is to play amazingly in the series and beat the Warriors. Then we may start to think differently. Until then, Pierce may get laughed out of the building the way he was on his last comments.
Paul Pierce’s Boston Celtics homerism seemed to shine through on Sunday.
The former Celtics legend said on ABC/ESPN after the Celtics beat up the Milwaukee Bucks on the road in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series 112-90 that the series was over.
“Giannis (Antetokounmpo) definitely has to play better. As a team, I don’t know where Milwaukee goes from here,” Pierce said.
Host Michelle Beadle asked whether that meant he thought the series was over.
“I think it’s over. I think styles make fights in boxing, and matchups … when I watched this today … if Giannis doesn’t have a monster game and somebody else besides him does not step up, Boston’s going to out-talent them,” Pierce said.
While that may be oversimplifying things, the Bucks can look at the shooting percentages for comfort.
Milwaukee shot just 34.8 percent from the field, while Boston shot 54 percent. Boston may have the upper hand in the series at the moment, but don’t expect the shooting percentages to continue to have that kind of a disparity.
The cast of ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” has a segment throughout the season where they place friendly wagers on things that might happen during games, and Jalen Rose was crowned the “Friendly Wagers” champion for the 2018-19 season. However, he may have to deal with a bit of delay with receiving his trophy.
On Saturday night, Paul Pierce dropped Rose’s hardware on the floor while presenting it to him. The trophy broke, and it looked like Pierce may have intentionally fumbled it.