Boston Celtics

Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics returns to the court after being taken off in a wheelchair in the third quarter of Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 5, 2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Paul Pierce had a legendary moment in the 2008 NBA Finals, when he appeared to need a wheelchair just to make it to the locker room in Game 1 against the Lakers. He re-emerged from the room looking rejuvenated as he helped lead the Celtics to a 98-88 win. Of course, they went on to win the NBA Championship with Pierce grabbing Finals MVP honors.

But it’s understandable if you watched that and saw an actor putting on some Hollywood fakery. It’s because he was. Pierce clearly wasn’t so drastically injured that he needed a friggin’ wheelchair. But it turns out that the main reason for being wheeled to the locker room had nothing to do with the injury.

It had everything to do with pooping himself in the middle of the game.

Wednesday marked the 11th anniversary of the game and that famous wheelchair. Pierce pooping himself was actually a long-standing rumor. So the Celtics legend cleared the air during Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Raptors and Warriors, by letting everyone know that he contaminated it.

“I have a confession to make – I just had to go to the bathroom,” Pierce said. “Something went down and…”

Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups stared at Pierce like a couple of fellow players who knew this Truth all along. “You went streakin!?'” Rose blurted out. Well that was crass.

So yeah, everyone got to enjoy a little poop humor on Tuesday. Must be a hell of a burden for Pierce to lift off his shoulders.

Obviously Pierce and the Celtics had the last laugh in the 2008 finals – retroactively, anyway. They ended up crushing the Lakers 131-92 in Game 6 to capture the NBA crown. Sacrifices were made. Perhaps none more than Pierce’s soiled shorts.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at

Sign me up for the 98.5 The Sports Hub email newsletter!

Get the latest Boston sports news and analysis, plus exclusive on-demand content and special giveaways from Boston's Home for Sports, 98.5 The Sports Hub.

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.