Indiana Pacers forward Sam Young was called for a b.s. technical foul early in the second quarter in Miami for hitting a ball LeBron James was holding. The Miami Heat chose to have Ray Allen, a career 89.4 percent free throw shooter, shoot their two technical free throws. Allen made the first free throw and Shaw, a Pacers assistant coach, received a tech for yelling at the refs. Allen then missed the next free throw to keep the score at 31-23.
Shaw yelled out “ball don’t lie,” to let everyone know what he thought of the technical foul call.
Ball don’t lie is a popular playground phrase that is uttered in a karmic sense after controversial calls are made. Rasheed Wallace is often credited for popularizing the phrase, but my boy Benjy Smith was saying it on our elementary school playground before ‘Sheed was even at North Carolina.