It looks like the rookie Luka Doncic used to watch Rasheed Wallace games when he was a kid in Slovenia.
During the game between the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the 2018 third overall pick tried to block a layup by Bulls’ guard Antonio Blakeney, which ended up being called a foul. Doncic, however, considered that it was a clean block, and he had to let the ref know, citing the famous quote attributed to one of the most controversial players in the history of the league Rasheed Wallace—"Ball don’t lie"—after Blakeney missed the free throw.
🗣 "Ball don't lie"— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 23, 2018
Doncic went full Sheed after what he thought was a wrong call 💀 pic.twitter.com/jUz4jTpUzB
“Ball don’t lie” was the catchphrase that the former Detroit Pistons’ Rasheed Wallace—who is better known for his intensity game than for his talent—used to shout every time a player missed a free throw after a foul was called with which he did not agree. This was Wallace’s trademark to call out what he perceived unfair.
However, the Dallas rookie should be careful not to create himself a bad reputation with the referees from the beginning of his NBA career. He could ask Wallace about this, who at the end of his career, after earning a reputation as an endless complainer, he was getting ejected from shouting “Ball don’t lie.” In his last season, the 2004 champion got ejected from a game after shouting his emblematic phrase when back-then Kings’ player Goran Dragic missed a technical foul shot.
If the Slovenian newbie wants to be known in this league for his extraordinary natural talent and not for his bad relationship with the refs, he should learn to stay quiet even when the calls are not in his favor. Fans love when players stand up after a controversial play, but that will take him nowhere in the professional basketball.
Doncic finished the game with 19 points — hit 7-of-14 shots including three three-pointers, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in Mavericks’ 115-109 victory.