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“Tyrese Haliburton, Mr. Supposed, Wannabe, Fake All-Star”: Wally Szczerbiak, Journeyman Player Turned New York Knicks Analyst Compares Pacers Star to Jalen Brunson

Arun Sharma

"Tyrese Haliburton, Mr. Supposed, Wannabe, Fake All-Star": Wally Szczerbiak, Journeyman Player Turned New York Knicks Analyst Compares Pacers Star to Jalen Brunson

The Indiana Pacers began their season with vigor, much of it coming from Tyrese Haliburton playing like an All-Star. Only in his second year with the Pacers, Haliburton has given the natives of Indiana motivation to watch their games again.

This is the first time since Paul George’s departure that an exciting talent has joined them. They’ve however been in a bad slump in recent times, going 3/7 in their last 10. That has seen their ranking slip from one of the top seeds to a play-in team.

Only contributing to 2 wins in 10, Haliburton also had a disastrous 1-point game against the Miami Heat. That alone seems to have swayed a lot of people away from his case as an All-Star this year. Plus the fact that another man has been a part of 8 wins in the last 10, and his name isn’t even floating around in discussions.

Wally Szczerbiak believes that more respect should be given to Jalen Brunson’s name. Mainly because he seems to have a similar win share and has technically won more games. Their scoring also seems to be the same, although other stats leave something to be desired.

But why would those matter if Brunson has done what a star PG should be doing: leading his team to victory? Winning games matters above everything, and Jalen has been doing that. For the time being, the Knicks appear to be justified in courting his signature over the summer.

That’s why Szczerbiak thinks Brunson will make it to the All-Star Game over Haliburton.

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Wally Szczerbiak should not be calling anyone a fake All-Star – He was one himself

Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Wally Szczerbiak What do these names have in common? the 2001-02 All-Star game. Sure, he played well for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but Kevin Garnett was the real star.

He should not be talking, especially after his 0-point performance against the Boston Celtics when he was in Cleveland. In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he scored 0 points. An All-Star would not be doing that, would he? You played a real-life game of Where’s Waldo with that performance.

6 points, and we could have seen A LeBron James-Kobe Bryant matchup in the finals. You couldn’t muster 6 points when it mattered.

Tyrese, if you see the clip, don’t get too peeved. You’re 22 years old and have your whole career ahead of you. Don’t let fame get to your head, and don’t let the Stephen A. Smiths and Wally Szczerbiaks of this world bring you down.

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Tyrese Haliburton should not be getting too much hate – nor should he be overhyped

As a young player, Haliburton deserves the plaudits he’s been getting. But not any more than he deserves because his team has fallen to ninth place.If every star performer on a poor team got all-star or MVP shouts, Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal should be at the top of everyone’s lists.

But the world doesn’t work like that, and people see wins more than anything else. LaMelo Ball has been doing the same with the sorry Charlotte Hornets team; where are his shouts? He’s even two years younger!

That being said, Tyrese Haliburton should not be hated as well. When have you seen a young PG lead in assists? He’s averaging a double-double this season, even though the season is young.

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About the author

Arun Sharma

Arun Sharma


Arun Sharma is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A double degree holder and a digital marketer by trade, Arun has always been a sports buff. He fell in love with the sport of basketball at a young age and has been a Lakers fan since 2006. What started as a Kobe Bryant obsession slowly turned into a lifelong connection with the purple and gold. Arun has been an ardent subscriber to the Mamba mentality and has shed tears for a celebrity death only once in his life. He believes January 26, 2020, was the turning point in the passage of time because Kobe was the glue holding things together. From just a Lakers bandwagoner to a basketball fanatic, Arun has spent 16 long years growing up along with the league. He thinks Stephen Curry has ruined basketball forever, and the mid-range game is a sight to behold. Sharma also has many opinions about football (not the American kind), F1, MotoGP, tennis, and cricket.

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