Former Celtics player Rasheed Wallace explains the origin of “Ball don’t lie!”

Even before joining the Boston Celtics, veteran great Rasheed Wallace had made a name for himself as one of the most outspoken players in the NBA when challenging calls with umpires. So much so that he often led the league in technical fouls.

So it should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the history of his game to learn of the most famous interjections Wallace deployed at umpires when he thought a call that went against him or his teammates was a particularly bad call, and where he came from. Sheed, as he was often called for short, shouted “Bullet don’t lie!” enthusiastically every time such a sequence unfolded.

Where does it come from and what does it mean? The veteran forward explained this in a recent clip made by the folks at YouTube channel Showtime Basketball.

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