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Ball don't lie. No, seriously, ball does not lie.

Posted on: June 28, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 6:02 pm
 
You've heard the phrase. You've seen the blog . You know the drill. "Ball don't lie." The infamous Rasheed-Wallace-penned quote that has since become a fixture in NBA lexicon. Turns out, Sheed was actually tapping into something buried deep in our subconcious. That's right. Rasheed Wallace has a higher level of astral convergence than you. Deal with that.

Fringe NBA blog FreeDarko today has the first in a series of posts looking at social psychology and the NBA. Wait, don't run! This is actually kind of interesting! The post outlines a paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology" that has to do with the performance of NBA players at the free throw line, following an erroneous foul call . You can read more about the paper at FD, but here's the punchline:

"...the authors calculated free throw percentage for the first shot after these incorrect calls, which turned out to be a whoppingly low 53.2%, substantially lower than the league average for the season on first-shot free throws, 73.6% (the league average was 77.8% for second-shot free throws). This suggests inequity aversion--players felt significantly less comfortable making a free throw after receiving an unjust foul call."

It's a bizarre trend that may be more coincidence than anything else, but the numbers are pretty staggering. Who knew there was such a thing as a "guilt miss?"

-Matt Moore

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