Maybe it's just older Michael Bay movies, I'm not sure. I don't recall seeing any wheelchair basketball players in Transformers.
In the past week or two I've watched a couple of his movies; The Rock and Bad Boys. Both of them have some sort of chase scene involving a group of handicapped, wheelchair-rolling, basketball players. I don't even know why.
So was that just the thing to do in the mid-nineties to spice up a chase? It's like in Family Guy when Stewie hits a fruit cart and wonders why there is always one available... and they fade to a taxi-dispatch-looking shop where they announce a chase in progress and all of the carts go running out to get in the way.
Maybe that dispatch operator is Michael Bay and instead of fruit carts, they're wheelchair basketball people? I don't know... but I'll have to watch a couple more and see if it really is a common theme. But I'll tell you, two movies in the span of a week with the same guys in it just looks a little... lame.