I swear I will never understand it. Paul Pierce is a professional athlete that not only can't reach home plate with a first pitch, but can't even look moderately coordinated in doing so. You give Paul Pierce a basketball and he could baseball pass it into middle of the mitt from second base. You give him a small ball that every child in America has thrown a million times and he looks like he's about to have a seizure. A pessimistic, racist asshole would make some joke about Paul Pierce not having a father to play catch with (get it, cause he's black), but jokes on you bigots because I bet George Pierce has a hell of a change up. Seriously though, Paul Pierce probably looks more natural shooting a hockey puck, and I don't know how that's even relatively possible. The guy has played in the NBA finals and is one of the clutchest players in NBA playoff history, but you put him on a mound 60 feet away from a dude squatting over a plate and he soils himself. One of the strangest phenomenons in sports. Professional athletes that can't do the first athletic thing most children accomplish in their lives.
And we can fall back on saying that Paul Pierce got booed because his pitch sucked. 90% of first pitches suck. Paul Pierce got booed because that crowd was most likely 80% Lakers fans. Not only did they hate Paul Pierce before, but he certainly didn't help his cause when he said he would never play for them like a week ago. The shitty pitch didn't help his cause. It probably didn't make the boos any quieter. However, he got shunned for being 'The Truth', not for giving false hope before a terrible throw. Enjoy the Dodgers Lakers fans, because everyone knows who now runs LA when it comes to basketball. Don't worry, Pierce and the boys will make sure the Staples Center gets plenty of use come playoff time. It's not just "Clipper Night" in Dodger Stadium, it's the Clippers time in Los Angeles.