East Notes: Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton, Bucks, Nets


Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton admitted he was angry when the Pistons chose guard Killian Hayes ahead of him in the 2020 NBA Draft. Haliburton was selected 12th overall by the Kings; Hayes went No. 7.Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers, NBA

 “What is this, they’re not picking me?” Haliburton said, mimicking his agent’s motion, via Jared Ramsey of the Detroit Free Press. “And then it flashed up, Killian Hayes, and I was like, ‘What!?’ In that moment I was frustrated, but I knew the Kings were my floor. But, still in the moment, I was just angry. I was like, ‘What do you mean? They need a point guard and they’re not picking me?’ So that one definitely felt the most personal.”

Haliburton knew Detroit needed a point guard at the time.

“So, in that moment, I already felt like I was the best point guard in the draft, but (LaMelo Ball) was touted as the number one guy,’ Haliburton said. “So, after he got drafted, I was like ‘It’s gotta be me.'”


The Bucks are just 3-7 since Doc Rivers replaced Adrian Griffin as coach, dropping to third place in the Eastern Conference.

Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said it’s time to pick it up now that the All-Star break has come and gone.

“We have to want it, man,” he said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Like, enough with the talking. Enough with the, ‘our (expletive) don’t stink’ mentality. Do we really want it? Are we putting in the work, are we gonna put in the effort, are we going to fight for what we think that we deserve or what the goals we’re trying to accomplish? That is the most important thing. Guys are tired. Maybe it’s an excuse. New coach. Excuse. New system. Excuse. New defense. Excuse. All these, it’s excuses. At the end of the day, are you going to try to play basketball, try to compete? They competed harder than us (Thursday), they competed harder than us (Tuesday). We are not on track of what we are trying to do.”

Antetokounmpo wasn’t finished.

“I feel like the team feels it. The team feels it. I feel it,” he said. “And I have now seven days that I have to try to take care of my body, try to rest from this mentally draining season from all the changes and all the things that are going on. Just try to relax a little bit as much as I can, try to take care of my body, try to come back and try to go.”


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