"I have a confession to make," Pierce said during a pregame broadcast. "I just had to go to a bathroom. I had to go to the bathroom. It was something [that] went down and I had to go to the restroom."
In Game 1 of the 2008 Finals, Pierce collapsed to the floor after defending Lakers star Kobe Bryant and appeared to suffer a serious injury. He was carried off the floor and eventually placed in a wheelchair to help him reach the locker room.
Yet minutes later, Pierce emerged from the tunnel at TD Garden and quickly re-entered the game. He knocked down a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a third-quarter lead as Boston went on to win the game.
Pierce's wheelchair usage and lightning-fast return sparked many conspiracy theories among NBA fans. The current basketball analyst took to Twitter on Wednesday night to share more clarification about his story.
Pierce signed a ceremonial contract and retired with the Celtics in July 2017. Boston retired his jersey and raised it to the rafters of TD Garden in February 2018.