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feel bad for kobe, wish this would have happened to Tony Romo instead
I'm not happy about it.
"A good burn is like good sex. It's simple, to the point, and leaves your victim totally destroyed."--Kenny Drebsen
That's an awful injury. I wouldn't even wish that on athletes I don't like.
I was just trying to get a rise out of Maury, I don't actually wish it'd happen to him.
love the Pierce one
That Paul Pierce fake injury literally ended my NBA watching days.
Hope Kobe can bounce back. Achilles injury is a tough one.
hahhahaha the most epic pussy of all time
This is great. My buddy texted me this. The Pierce one is hilarious, nobody really knows what he did to his knee lol. Nobody can argue that Kobe is one tough SOB.
paul pierce = epic douche
Regarding Pierce and the wheelchair incident, he actually sprained his knee, but continued playing on it. And he definitely got the last laugh against Kobe that season, as the Celtics won the title over the Lakers in an epic beatdown in Game 6, with Pierce being named Finals MVP.
Interestingly, Pierce sprained the same knee last season during the playoffs, but continued to play on it once again. Just like in '08, he was nowhere near as explosive, but still came up with some huge games, including the shot in Game 5 in Miami that led to "Good job, good effort!"
Young kid in Miami yells at Heat players as they leave the court after Game 5 loss to Celtics.
What would have been Pierce's motivation to fake an injury and miss game action in the biggest game up to that point of his career?
I have no idea. But he acted like he completely blew out his knee. Needing to be carried to a wheel chair? To this day, I will never believe that Paul Pierce had a very bad knee injury. There's no way you go from not being able to put an ounce of weight on your knee, and appearing to almost be in tears, to jumping around and running full speed less than 5 mins later. There's a really funny clip on youtube of the TNT guys watching a replay of the whole thing. They're literally just sitting there laughing. I don't think many people took Pierce very seriously with that.
Here's the clip of when he injured it.
He definitely came down on it weird. He obviously didn't blow out his knee or anything, but when you sprain your knee (which was the official diagnosis), you feel a stretching sensation in your knee (of the ligament) that can be pretty scary if you've never felt it before. Not only that, but the idea of not being able to play in the biggest series of his life had to have been pretty scary as well. I think they carried him and subsequently put him in the wheelchair because time was of the essence - they had to get him to the locker room to be examined immediately, as the game was going on and the Lakers were ahead, and it wouldn't have been smart to rush him on a gimpy knee.
Todd you can try and sugarcoat it all you want but it was a blatant fake.
How many times have you watched a football game where a player is literally carried off the field, placed on a cart and returned in 5 minutes? NEVER. So in my thousands of hours of watching football nobody has ever sprained a knee? These NBA guys are so full of themselves they will miss 5 minutes of game time just to have the crowd go wild when they return.
How did they examine it in 5 minutes? Do they have a super fast MRI machine that does 30 minute procedures in 2? Guy in that much pain I would want to rule out a tear. Time is of the essence? Judging by his actions his return was gonna be a matter of months and not minutes.
Carried off the court crying like a little girl. Placed in a wheelchair and still crying. 5 minutes later he runs out the tunnel. The guy is a joke and ruined my NBA watching days.
Not sugarcoating anything.
Pierce has a reputation as one of the most competitive players in the league. Why would any player, let alone someone as competitive as him, voluntarily miss a portion of the biggest game of his life? It really doesn't make any sense.
I fully acknowledge that the vast majority of NBA players are nowhere near as physically tough as the average NFL player. But in relation to other NBA players, there aren't many who are tougher than Pierce. He really was injured, whether you choose to believe that or not. He was officially diagnosed with an injury, there were multiple accounts that he was badly limping around after the game once the adrenaline had subsided, he was noticeably less explosive and agile after returning, and he's had recurring knee problems ever since that game.
There is plenty of room on a football sideline for a player to be examined by the trainer and/or team doctor. On the bench of a basketball game, there's nowhere near that much room. Isn't possible that they wanted enough space for him to lay down and be fully examined without risking other players running into him? The only place to do that is in the locker room, so they got him there as quickly as possible without making him put any extra weight on it.
As for how they examined it in five minutes, the team doctor likely was able to rule out an ACL tear, and at that point, without it being as serious as they feared it might have been, it made sense to let him go back in.
And it's actually relatively common for football players to be carted off the field and to return later that game. One big difference, as I mentioned above, is the amount of space on the sidelines of both sports. If a player is taken to the locker room in football, it's because something had to be done that couldn't be done on the sidelines, whether additional tests, a shot, etc. And like I said, those guys do return to the game on a pretty regular basis. In basketball, without having as much room on the bench, guys are taken to the locker room even if it's not quite as serious just so there is enough space to examine them.
And again, there was definitely an emotional factor at play here. He felt something in his knee, and was scared that he wasn't going to be able to play in the rest of the series, and he'd been dreaming of that opportunity his entire life.
So you're saying that you have seen a football player CARRIED off the field crying, examined on the bench and play 10 minutes later? I have not. Surely there have been some knee sprains on the gridiron. Im sure those guys were limping post game and not as explosive.
If PP is one of the toughest most competitive players in the league then KB must be the toughest most competitive player in history.
I know Pierce showed a lot of agony on his face, but how do you know he was crying? I never saw any tears on his face. And even if he was crying, it was likely for emotional reasons (as I mentioned before) more so than the actual pain.
I've seen dozens of NFL and college football players carted off the field to the locker room, only to return that game. That's relatively common. In basketball, they don't have a cart as far as I know since there's a much shorter distance. To me, Pierce being carried off the court was the basketball version of a player getting carted to the locker room in football. The same thing happened here - he was examined more closely, he and the medical staff decided he could play, and that was that.
No doubt - Kobe is very competitive and tough for a basketball player. Pierce never gets nearly the publicity Kobe does, but he's had a hall of fame career for a reason.
I usually like those guys on TNT, but I think they're way off base here. Makes no sense to me how someone who's played the game and seen Pierce play the game all those years could think he'd fake an injury in the biggest game of his life.
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