Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton Trolls Knicks Fans For 2020 Draft Comments

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Tyrese Haliburton was recently a guest on Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George’s podcast and the Indiana Pacers guard trolled New York Knicks fans for their comments during the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Knicks had the eighth overall pick in the 2020 draft. Despite the team needing a point guard, New York fans didn’t want Haliburton due to his unorthodox shooting motion. The Knicks drafted Obi Toppin, while Haliburton landed with the Sacramento Kings.

“I’m honestly like a really petty person,” Haliburton said. “If I go through my bookmarks right now on Twitter, once I get to 2020, it’s gonna be nothing but people talking about the way I shoot, Knicks’ fans saying they shouldn’t draft me and all this stuff.”

The Kings traded Haliburton to the Pacers in 2022 and the Iowa State product has blossomed into a star. Meanwhile, the Knicks traded Toppin to the Pacers this summer, so now Toppin and Haliburton are teammates in Indiana.

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Haliburton and the Pacers recently agreed to a five-year extension worth up to $260 million. The All-Star averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists last season while shooting 49.0% from the field, 40.0% from beyond the arc and 87.1% from the free-throw line. Haliburton recorded 32 double-doubles in 56 games.

Indiana signed Bruce Brown on the first day of free agency, stealing the combo guard from the Denver Nuggets. It should be entertaining to watch Haliburton and Brown play together next season. Brown helped the Nuggets win the 2023 championship over the Miami Heat in five games. He’s familiar with the central division since he began his career with the Detroit Pistons.

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Haliburton recruited Brown to the Pacers. Brown signed a two-year, $45 million contract with Indiana.

A Wisconsin native, Haliburton has committed to play for Team USA in the upcoming FIBA World Cup in the Philippines, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Team USA starts training camp on August 3 in Las Vegas and will play its first exhibition game on August 7 against Puerto Rico. World Cup play begins on August 26 against New Zealand.

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