- Paul Pierce revealed the truth Wednesday about a long-standing conspiracy theory about his infamous “wheelchair game.”
- In the 2008 NBA Finals, Pierce appeared to go down with an injury. He was taken out of the game in a wheelchair but ran back onto the court moments later and played well in leading the Boston Celtics to a win.
- NBA fans had theorised that Pierce had an emergency, needed a bathroom break, and was not actually injured.
- On Wednesday, before Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Pierce said “something went down” and he had to go to the bathroom.
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Paul Pierce on Wednesday confessed to a long-standing conspiracy theory about an infamous moment in NBA Finals history: the wheelchair game.
In Game 1 of the 2008 Finals, Pierce, then with the Boston Celtics, drove to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers. He took a hit and fell to the ground and stayed down.
Pierce, who appeared injured, was carried off the court and then taken to the locker room in a wheelchair.
Later in the game, however, Pierce ran back out onto the court on his own. He returned to the game and helped lead the Celtics to a 98-88 win.
Given Pierce’s quick recovery from what seemed like an ugly injury, the internet theorised that Pierce did not hurt himself. Instead, some wondered whether he, um, soiled himself.
“I have a confession to make,” Pierce said on ESPN on Wednesday before Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals. “I just had to go to the bathroom.”
When ESPN’s Chauncey Billups asked why Pierce needed a wheelchair to go to the bathroom, Pierce hinted there was an … emergency.
“Something went down. I just had to go to the bathroom,” Pierce said.
Paul Pierce just finally admitted the famous wheechair incident was because he had to go poop pic.twitter.com/cnzojp5KtJ
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) June 6, 2019
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