“You Need Some Therapy”: Shunning Paul Pierce’s Unbearable Thanksgiving Analogy, Fellow Hall of Famer Puts His Chips on $4.2 Billion Detroit Franchise

Published 09/09/2023, 5:42 AM EDT

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This NBA Hall of Famer is hyped for the new NFL season! In a recent podcast interview, the 2008 NBA Champion and loyal Detroit Lions fan gets into a heated confrontation with his former teammate, Paul Pierce. Amid discussing which teams will do well in the upcoming NFL season, the former NBA teammates got into an argument.

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As the 2023-2024 NFL season commences in high spirts, the NBA Hall of Famer shuns Paul Pierce’s ‘thanksgiving’ analogy.

Paul Pierce and his former teammate go at each other


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The argument started when podcast host Tony Cavallero expressed that the Detroit Lions have potential do well in the 2023-2024 NFL season. 2004 NBA MVP Kevin Garnett seems extremely confident about the Lions’ season too. However, his Boston Celtics teammate Paul Pierce did not seem to agree. As The Truth spoke about the NFL team’s chances, he narrated his ‘thanksgiving’ analogy.

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Paul Pierce said, “I can’t stand Thanksgiving because I have to watch the Detroit Lions every year, on Thanksgiving.


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Kevin Garnett immediately interjected, “Hey you’re going to have to get over this bro,” to which Paul Pierce replies, “Listen, I am never going to be sold on the Lions.

The Big Ticket then responds, “You need some therapy. Are you serious?

Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce explains, “They threw away Megatron’s career. They threw away Barry Sander’s career. Like how many more great players’ careers will they throw away? That is probably the worst ran football franchise,” exclaimed the 2008 NBA Champion.


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But do the Detroit Lions really deserve Paul Pierce’s harsh criticism?

Detroit Lions’ ‘Thanksgiving’ History

The Detroit Lions had a good start to their season as they won their first away game in a thrilling 20-21 win against the Kansan City Chiefs. However, their history with regard to their ‘Thanksgiving’ games every year has raised questions about their consistency.

The franchise has had a staggering 82 Thanksgiving matchups, which are the most in league history.


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Just like NBA Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, most NFL fans watch the match on ‘Thanksgiving’ weekend as they look to sit back and enjoy their holiday. However, the Thanksgiving hosts have had a streak of shocking losses despite having a strong team on paper. They’ve won 37 of their 82 holiday matchups.

With the new head coach Dan Campbell putting the work in, Kevin Garnett seems confident that this will be a breakout season for the $4.2 Billion franchise!


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Written by:

Akhil Chakravarthy


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Akhil is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for more than a decade and represented his state at the National level. To hone his understanding of the inner workings of the game, he closely follows the analysis of popular NBA insiders and reporters like Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania.
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Aakash Nair




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