Tyrese Haliburton Roasts NBA’s ‘Dumb Rule’ That Could Cost Him $41M

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Tyrese Haliburton, the Indiana Pacers point guard and newly announced NBA All-Star starter, finds himself navigating the complexities of the league’s eligibility criteria for key awards.

Having played in 34 games this season, Haliburton is on the brink, with only a three-game margin left to maintain eligibility for All-NBA recognition.

The NBA has implemented a regulation requiring players to participate in at least 65 games and play at least 20 minutes in those games to qualify for the MVP award or an All-NBA team spot.

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Haliburton expressed dissatisfaction with this policy, echoing a sentiment shared by many players and labeling the rule “stupid.” His critique underscores the tension between player welfare and the demands set forth by team owners.

“I think it’s a stupid rule, like plenty of other guys in the league, but this is what the owners want, so as players we gotta do our job and play in 65 games if we’re able to,” Haliburton told The Athletic. “So that’s what I gotta do. I gotta take care of my body to be able to play in those games… As long as the owners are happy.”

Currently 23 years old, Haliburton’s season has been marred by 13 missed games, further compounded by an additional game where he played only 13 minutes, effectively counting as another absence.

A hamstring injury has been the primary culprit for his recent sidelining, affecting his participation in 10 of the last 11 games. Despite these challenges, Haliburton returned to the Pacers’ lineup against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

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Understanding the financial implications of these regulations, Haliburton is acutely aware of what’s at stake. His recent max extension with the Pacers, valued at $204.5 million over five years, could escalate to $245 million should he secure a spot on an All-NBA team. This potential financial uplift highlights the significant impact of the NBA’s eligibility criteria on player earnings.

“I completely understand it, and I understand what’s at stake for me financially as well,” Haliburton said.

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Haliburton focuses on balancing his physical health with the professional and financial aspirations that hinge on his availability and performance. As the season progresses, he acknowledges the limited opportunities left to meet the NBA’s stringent participation requirements, emphasizing the need to manage his health and game appearances carefully.

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