Brand new Clipper Paul Pierce tells TMZ Sports he has answers ... answers as to why he threw what his own coach Doc Rivers called an "AWFUL" first pitch at a recent Dodgers game.
Pierce was out in Inglewood, CA being worshiped at a party thrown by his hometown folk when we asked him about his new play caller's scathing (yet playful) critique of Pierce's skills on the mound.
Check out the clip -- Truth has a perfectly good reason for why he bombed on the first pitch ... and it's one that Doc Rivers -- and Clipper fans everywhere -- will be thrilled to hear.
We feel you Paul ... it was still pretty bad though.
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