Paul Pierce on infamous incident: 'Why would I need a wheelchair if I pooped my pants?'

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For your daily dose of inspiration, let's look back at some of the most powerful, passionate, heartfelt quotes in basketball history.

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— "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." Ahh. Courtesy of the great Michael Jordan, this should make you want to give everything you do your best possible go.
— "I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant." The Black Mamba didn't strive to be anyone else. He created his own legacy.
— "One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team." If there was anything who could make a team, it was probably Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but he valued the power of teamwork above all else.

— "Why would I need a wheelchair if I pooped my pants?" Rarely has such truth been spoken.

In the latest episode of Michelle Beadle's new "What Did I MIss?" podcast, this was a direct quote attributed to another of the game's greats, and you probably can guess who if you've been a basketball fan for the past couple of decades. If not, here's a quick refresher on what exactly the pair was discussing.

I'm no doctor or athletic trainer, but an injury serious enough to warrant a wheelchair seems to me — and literally everyone else in the world that watched this game — like it would hold Pierce out for a little longer than, I don't know, a few minutes. And that's where all the speculation began, making this moment both an epic one and a laughable one for Pierce. It pops up every so often, such as when Lamar Jackson mysteriously disappeared in crunch time of a thrilling Monday Night Football game.

Now, the story has resurfaced once again thanks to Beadle's determination to get an answer from Pierce as he joined her podcast. And upon asking how often he hears about it, Pierce jumped to defend himself.

"Every day on my internet, on my Twitter. I can't believe people really believe — so listen to this, and I want fans to hear this," Pierce said. "Now, if you pooped your pants, does it make sense to sit down and mush it in the wheelchair? No! I would walk back there and go straight to the bathroom.

"Why would I need a wheelchair if I pooped my pants? Like, you don't sit down on your poop, right? Doesn't make sense."

Of course, there's truth to that argument, and he's already said that he did have to go to the bathroom in that moment. But then why the wheelchair? In a way, his argument above — "I would walk back there and go straight to the bathroom" — complicates this even further! Why didn't he just walk back there if he really had to answer nature's call... was he too embarrassed? And then why did he walk back his admission after the fact?

All of this has already been meticulously investigated by The Ringer's Rodger Sherman, and his new defense presented to Beadle doesn't quite make the situation any less mysterious. There's still a lot of s--- to sift through and we shouldn't pooh-pooh any other pieces of evidence that may surface in the coming years.

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