"Athletes in that situation always think the worst," said McKeon, who would not comment on the specifics of Pierce's injury. "He doesn't know. He's a player, not a doctor.""McKeon told him it was time to play," is the sentence that raises the most red flags for me. Doctors usually err on the side of caution, after all. Maybe McKeon was just holding out for a bigger kickback. Wait, did I say that? It sounds libelous. I'd better make it clear that I was kidding. You know, exaggerating for effect. Kind of like Paul Pierce. . . I'd better end this now.
McKeon said an athlete's natural reaction is to fear the worst and try to minimize more damage. So he didn't draw any conclusions about the injury until he got Pierce in the training room.
"An injury is an emotional time for any athlete. There's so much adrenaline involved," McKeon said. "So you have to get them in an isolated situation. You have to calm things down."
Once Pierce was able to get back up on his feet, he located the pain and tried to move from side to side. When he put his weight on it, he knew he could at least give it a try.
McKeon told him it was time to play.
Pierce said: "Let's do it."
Hmmmm. . .
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