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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: L.A. Times writer crosses all kinds of lines in mocking Paul Pierce's stabbing

May 31, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

UPDATE 1:10 pm: The LA Times has pulled the piece in question from its site. Of course, things in the Internet age do not disapear so easily, you can find it here.

12:14 pm: One of the things that’s so unique about this year’s NBA finals is that the teams love and respect each other. Phil Jackson is Kevin Garnett’s godfather, Rajon Rondo used to babysit Kobe’s kids, and Ron Artest, Rasheed Wallace, Kendrick Perkins, and Sasha Vujacic have a standing date to play bridge during every Thursday of the off-season.

There’s only one championship that the two teams are forced to battle for, but there’s also one love. They’re as star-cross’d as franchises get, and the two teams (and fanbases!) couldn’t be more pleased with one another. Isn’t it great to see everybody getting along?

Things could get ugly, though. L.A. Times writer Ted Green took it upon himself to stare down the line of tasteful writing and do cartwheels over it by making fun of Paul Pierce’s stabbing in 2000:

Two years ago, he fell during the Finals against the Lakers and went off in a wheelchair. An actual wheelchair! Five minutes later, he was dropping three-pointers all over TD Banknorth Garden. He actually came back into the game with the music from “Rocky” blaring over the public-address system. Yo, Paulie, that was such a bad con job, Sylvester Stallone is a better actor than your are. By the way, Pierce’s idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times! If you’ll be seeing him for the first time, you’ll hate him before the first quarter of Game 1 is even close to over, guaranteed.

[Note: the post has since been pulled from the Times’ website.]

First, if the Sly Stallone rips didn’t present this man as the most fearlessly inventive and topical writer of our time, I don’t know what could. The Pierce line takes things to a new level entirely though, as Paul’s multiple stabbings to his face, neck, and back are apparently punchline material.

News to me; there’s nothing wrong with pushing boundaries in the name of good comedy, but that’s at best a pretty miserable joke, and the implications are miraculously even worse…I think. Honestly, I’m not sure what this one even means. I guess I’m just too low-brow for stabbing humor.

  1. CF98 - May 31, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    I agree its tacky that PP being stabbed is mocked and it shouldn’t. However his drama queen antics with the wheelchair back in 2008 should be mocked.
    If you’re going to leave the court in a wheelchair you better be unable to move.

  2. yarlmak - May 31, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    What’s the problem with the wheelchair? Why not take a load off the sticks for a few minutes and come back refreshed from the locker room? Looks like Paul Pierce’s head games got in a lotta people’s heads.

  3. CF98 - May 31, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Probably because I remembered when Shawn Livingston shattered his kneecap in an incredibly gruesome fashion and that relied on a wheelchair or at least a stretcher but unlike Pierce he took it like a man.
    Pierce however was a wuss and if it had been Derek Fisher or any other player they’d be a wuss as well.
    If any other non Celtic did that you’d be bitching about how wimpy they were as well am I wrong?

  4. yarlmak - May 31, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Right- and if Dwight Howard was on the Celtics I wouldn’t be complaining about the refs letting him swing those lethal elbows freely in game 5 of Celts Magic series. But he ain’t, and I was. But if you think Paul Pierce is a wuss, then you definitely didn’t see two of the hard, hard flagrant fouls Howard put on him during this past series, where Paul got up, made the free throws, and never complained. Yes, if you think Paul Pierce is a wuss, then his mind games have truly taken hold far beyond the B Ball court….

  5. CF98 is dumb - May 31, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Pierce is such a wuss, he played the whole season the same year he got stabbed 11 times.
    If Kobe did that, you would be praising him and calling him god.

  6. Pierce_is_a_wuss! - May 31, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Pierce was stabbed with a toothpick…He’s a wuss.

  7. codeblue - May 31, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    He may be a wuss but he’s NOT a RAPIST

  8. YX - May 31, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Well, I would imagine that if you love a team with an accused rapist and a guy who amazingly caused 146 games worth of suspension, you would need a guide to hate anything.

  9. Lakers4Lyfe - Jun 1, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    Face it, if the Celtics weren’t playing basketball, they’d be stealing cars.

  10. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    If there’s any real Faker, it’s The Truth. The Wheel Chair scenario was hilarious! Wow, not THAT’S HOLLYWOOD for you. Don’t worry, Pierce, there’s a wheel chair waiting for you just in case at the visitors’ locker room… coupled with a Suburban Ambulance on call just in case. LOL!

  11. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    If there’s any real Faker, it’s The Truth. The Wheel Chair scenario was hilarious! Wow, NOW THAT’S HOLLYWOOD for you. Don’t worry, Pierce, there’s a wheel chair waiting for you just in case at the visitors’ locker room… coupled with a Suburban Ambulance on call just in case. LOL!

  12. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 1, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    Oh sure. Talk about credibility… coming from a woman whose underwear has three sets of semen at the same time! If that’s rape then it gives a whole new meaning to the term “willing victim.” LMAO!

  13. codeblue - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    So what you are telling me is that your married superstar millionaire is into sloppy 2nd’s or 3rd’s or fourth’s. Classy women for classy Fakers. I’m LMAO!

  14. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 1, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    No. What I’m telling you is that you need to get an education to set things straight what the meaning of convicted rape is as opposed to alleged rape. Ignorant doofus. You have no idea what you’re talking about. LMAO!

  15. Anonymous - Jun 1, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    The stabbing thing is no less low than the Kobe rape allegations that get thrown out by Boston fans with regularity – already by multiple Boston fans in this thread.
    It seems that there is a line. The LA Times recognizes a mistake and pulls the article again. Lesson learned.
    The Boston Herald calls for Howard to be injured and the article is inundated by Boston fans agreeing with the sentiment – and then throw out that Kobe is a “rapist” when we surely don’t know the truth (but, did not have criminal charges filed, with a woman more than a little off her rocker – after you get raped, the first thing you do is go home and have lots of sex with your boyfriend? I don’t know).
    Either way, this is another sign of “classy” Boston fans verses an actually classy LA fan base.

  16. codeblue - Jun 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    OK, fruitcake. Who said anything about convicted rape? You missed my point. I was referring to his less than steller tract record as a upstanding citizen and the company he supposedly keeps. I didn’t make the allegation against Kobe (the woman did), I just referred to it. Apparently it is ok to attack Paul Pierce but not Kobe. A majority of Boston fans recognize Kobe as a phenominal BBall player. I would rather the Celtics play the Lakers with Kobe than without him.

  17. YX - Jun 1, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    I said “accused rapist” which is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I’m not saying he is a “convicted rapist”, just that nice people don’t go around and get accused of raping.

  18. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 1, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    You said “He may be a wuss but he’s NOT a RAPIST.” Now what is that supposed to mean? With no qualifier to go with it, you have judged him as a rapist. He is an adulterer, a philandering husband, sure. If that was your point, no contest there. But a rapist? Hardly were you pointing out his so-called stellar tract record. I don’t care about Paul Piss and his gangsta land lifestyle, but to judge Kobe as a rapist reeks of ignorance, babycake. Please, don’t give me the runaround. It makes you look more idiotic.

  19. Brad Wellen - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Plaza previews the NBA Finals – a rivalry renewed between the Lakers and Celts

  20. laker steve - Jun 2, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    to Foul Dwimmerlaik,
    Been on a lot of dates afterward never had to pay out money for dancing poorly he wanted anal and paid for it, without her permission what a man to pay her in the shadows to make it go away!Forcable anal = rape

  21. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 3, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    I take it you were there when it happened? Or is this just a case of “he said, she said”? The courts have decided not to pursue the case and leave it at that. There was no civil case much less a criminal one. I believe in “innocent unless proven guilty” policy of the law. If you know anything then go ahead and pursue it. Otherwise, kindly just close the anterior end of your alimentary canal. Thank you.

  22. pvalero - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    The only regret is beating an over the hill team, Haters you got nothing! Lakers 2010 Back to Back Champs. By the time the green gets back to the finals, the Lakes will have atleast 6 more titles.LOL

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