More than a year later, the “He touched the ball” saga continues.
Former UCLA guard Jordan Adams took to his Twitter account to poke fun at the “He touched the ball … he touched the ball” episode involving the Bruins and Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament in 2013.
This is what he Tweeted in the last few minutes tonight:
I didnt touch the ball VS Arizona my freshman year LOL
This was in response to the NBA playoff game between Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers after the Thunder were given possession of the ball despite replays showing the Clippers’ Matt Barnes jarring the ball loose off Reggie Jackson’s right hand. The Thunder eventually took the lead for good 105-104 when Russell Westbrook was fouled by Chris Paul on a three-point attempt.
Westbrook made the three free throws to put the Thunder ahead. Adams Tweeted this in response to Oklahoma City keeping possession of the ball that led to Westbrook’s free throws during the ensuing possession:
No worst feeling than losing a game when you've been cheated blatantly…
Adams then offered his Tweet about not touching the ball against Arizona in 2013 as a joke.
Adams was at the center of a Pac-12 referee controversy in which Arizona coach Sean Miller was assessed a technical foul after arguing a double-dribble call on former Arizona guard Mark Lyons. Replays showed Adams touched the ball, which should have allowed Lyons to dribble again.
Miller claimed in the postgame press conference repeatedly that he was given a technical despite telling the referees, “He touched the ball … He touched the ball … He touched the ball.”
The technical foul allowed UCLA to take the lead on free throws and the Bruins prevailed 66-64. Adams had 18 of his 24 points in the second half.
It was later learned that former Pac-12 director of officiating Ed Rush reportedly set a bounty of $5,000 and a trip to Cancun, Mexico, for “running” Miller after giving him a technical.