Paul Pierce denies rumours he ‘freaked out’ at seeing people in wheelchairs

Why the confusion? Paul Pierce is the only person with a championship ring and wheelchair, and was not at wheelchair basketball in 2008

Former NBA superstar Paul Pierce has denied rumours he “freaked out” at seeing people in wheelchairs on the court during the 2008 NBA Finals.

Last month, tweets emerged of an injury hoax, saying Pierce had supposedly retired before the Connecticut Huskies had beaten Butler to win the national title.

But the Connecticut native, who has an inspirational NBA image book called Paul Pierce vs the Pain, said he is “100% not retiring”, adding he simply wanted to be at a wheelchair basketball game.

Pierce – who left the Celtics in the off-season for the Brooklyn Nets – said he felt the players were “punishing” him with their wheelchair games.

The Boston Celtics star, 39, added: “I didn’t blow my top, because I know what it is like.”

Co-captain Jeremy Lamb said the rumours were “misinformed”.

The Finals between the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers had to be decided by a series of overtime games, but the Boston side won the Championship Series in seven games.

Pierce holds the record for the most regular-season steals with 3,127, and only five players have scored more points in the postseason than he has.

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