Tyrese Haliburton Leaves Knicks Broadcaster With No Option but to Say Sorry to His Father After Slanderous All Star Take

Published 12/30/2023, 10:35 PM EST

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In a game that put Tyrese Haliburton into NBA history, the young talent showcased unparalleled skill by achieving a feat untouched for over three decades. Haliburton’s back-to-back games with 20 points and 20 assists placed him in a distinguished league, marking a monumental moment in his burgeoning career. But after winning this match, there was a story that happened away from the court. It involved an emotional talk between Tyrese’s dad, John Haliburton, and Knicks broadcaster and former NBA player Wally Szczerbiak.

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A hushed apology unveiled

As the Pacers celebrated their triumph over the New York Knicks with a resounding 140-126 score, something special came out during interviews after the game. The story came from an unexpected sorry by New York Knicks commentator Wally Szczerbiak to John Haliburton. However, Szczerbiak called the Pacers young talent a “fake wannabe all-star.” But after an honest chat between the broadcaster and the Pacers star’s dad, things started to change.

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Szczerbiak admitted he made a mistake and shared the important moment. He said, “I told him ‘My apologies, that was not my finest hour’ when I called his son a wannabe fake all-star. He’s an absolute superstar…He said ‘Don’t worry about it. We’ve all had moments like that. We forgive you my man'” This surprising thing that happened didn’t just fix a close friendship, but showed the acts of kindness and letting go in the tough game world of basketball.

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Haliburton’s record-breaking performance ignites Pacers victory

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Tyrese Haliburton showed a lot of skill and grace in his game, leaving a mark on the Indiana Pacers’ history. The All-Star point guard not only orchestrated a decisive 140-126 victory against the New York Knicks but also accomplished a remarkable feat by tying the franchise record with an astonishing 23 assists, a career-high for Haliburton.

His game-changing happened when he gave a perfect pass to  Andrew Nembhard with only a bit more than one minute left in the game. It was like how the Pacers’ great Jamaal Tinsley set a record in 2001. The 20-year-old phenom’s stellar performance didn’t stop there; he seamlessly blended 22 points into the mix, marking back-to-back 20-20 games following his stellar performance against the Chicago Bulls earlier in the week.

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Joining the famous NBA players Magic Johnson and John Stockton, Haliburton confirmed his position as a top-court player. He helped the Pacers win with an amazing 43 assists in two games. This also placed him at the top of the league, averaging 12.8 helps per game. Haliburton played so well, that he left a permanent mark on the Pacers’ records and made his own way among the top basketball players.

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Abhinav Tomar

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