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Paul Pierce Disputes Report That He Suffered Asthma Attack In China

Paul Pierce recently returned from an overseas trip to China on a goodwill trip to represent USA basketball. Pierce, along with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, played for the Kentucky Bisons in Shaungyshan, China on Monday, and reportedly suffered an asthma attack due to the conditions inside the arena. The issue was brought to light by a Kelly Dwyer story on the Yahoo! Sports blog Ball Don't Lie.

While playing in Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang province... Pierce and Beasley both suffered asthma attacks due to large amounts of fans smoking cigarettes inside the stadium. After the game, things got even more shocking when Beasley fell to the floor in his hotel and started to roll around in obvious pain, scaring everyone around half-to-death. At that point, there was no choice but to dial 120 (the number for an ambulance in China) and take him to the hospital. (via a local Chinese newspaper/NIUBall.com)

However, Pierce disputed the report on his Facebook page, calling the Dwyer story "awful."

Please excuse Kelly Dwyer for writing that awful "ball don't lie" article on Yahoo! today.... he or she need better facts b4 putting story out....Me and Michael Beasley had a great trip to China...... and since when did I ever have asthma??

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