100 days of hoops, hardwood

Day 41: “Ball Don’t Lie!”

Let’s just start with this:


Here’s some more:


“Ball don’t lie.”  Over the course of his 19 year NBA career, the 4th overall pick of the 1995 NBA Draft has made a name for himself in the record books.  “Dirty 30” recorded the most technical fouls (41) for the 2000-01 NBA season.  That same season he also received 7 ejections.  One of those ejections only after he’d been in the game 85 seconds:


The UNC product sits 47th all time in the personal foul category and sits at Numero Uno on the list of players to be fined the most by the NBA.  The dollar amount is $205,000.  And that’s before the league updated the rules for fines and suspensions in the 2005-06 season.  However, if the current rules were in place, Wallace with 41 technical fouls would’ve received 13 suspensions and would’ve had to pay $85,000 worth of fines.  In the season with the new rule change, he was the 1st and only player to be suspended.



One could say he pioneered the movement towards social justice for the NBA referees (players too) because I’m pretty sure he hurt plenty of feelings.  Sheed was ejected once for staring.  Yes, he just gave the ref a long stare.  Pretty incredible to have an intimidation factor of that magnitude over the most powerful man on the court!  That had to be one mean look to get ejected.  Probably something like this:



Rasheed Wallace, John Goble
New York Knicks’ Rasheed Wallace, left, argues with referee John Goble after being given a technical foul in the first quarter of the NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. Soon after, Wallace was given a second technical and ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)


Most would probably agree that he may have ran his mouth, but he definitely backed it up.  It wasn’t like he was just out there on the floor to be an bruiser or enforcer.  In that ’01-’02 season, Rasheed Wallace did average 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Portland Trailblazers.  He was also named a Western Conference All-Star in that season.


He may have seem like a head case.  But his trash talk and antics all came from a good place.  The basketball gods give favor who play the game with passion.  They favored him.  Rasheed Wallace is a NBA Champion.  So yes,  “Ball Don’t Lie.”


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