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Tyrese Haliburton fires back at Knicks analyst Wally Szczerbiak

Tyrese Haliburton thinks Wally Szczerbiak simply needs consideration.

Szczerbiak, an analyst for the Knicks on MSG Network, ripped the Pacers guard Haliburton on Sunday’s postgame present, calling him a “wannabe, fake All-Star” following Indiana’s 109-106 loss to the Knicks in Indianapolis.

During an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks on Wednesday, Haliburton was requested what he did to Szczerbiak to attract the criticism.

“I have no clue,” Haliburton stated. “I know the name Wally Szczerbiak, but I couldn’t tell you where he played. I couldn’t tell you what he did as a basketball player. I don’t know.”

Szczerbiak spent nearly all of his 10 seasons within the NBA with the Timberwolves, making the All-Star crew as soon as, in 2002.

“He had a lot to say about me and I was like really questioning like, first, who is this?” Haliburton stated. “And why is he speaking about me like this. I don’t know if I ever come out and stated like, ‘I wanna be and All-Star this year. Please vote for me.’ I don’t assume, I didn’t — I don’t assume I’ve achieved that.

“I don’t know, I think he just was excited about a Knicks win and that got him going. But he’s just doing whatever he can to get attention and that’s just the media these days.”

Wally Szczerbiak during the MSG Knicks postgame show following a win over the Pacers on Dec. 18, 2022.
Wally Szczerbiak through the MSG Knicks postgame present following a win over the Pacers on Dec. 18, 2022.
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Szczerbiak, who additionally performed for the Celtics, SuperSonics and Cavaliers, apologized for his feedback previous to Wednesday’s MSG broadcast of the Knicks-Raptors sport.

“I just want to address something I said about Tyrese Haliburton being a wannabe All-Star,” Szczerbiak said. “I need to apologize personally to Tyrese Haliburton. He’s an exquisite younger participant.

“He’s definitely in the All-Star conversation, along with guys like [Knicks forward] Julius Randle and [Knicks guard] Jalen Brunson. It’s going to be interesting to see who makes it and all those three players are wonderful players.”

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton dribbles the ball during against the Knicks on Dec. 18, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton dribbles the ball throughout towards the Knicks on Dec. 18, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
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Szczerbiak’s apology got here after he had referred to as out Haliburton following the guard lacking a possible game-winning shot towards the Knicks.

“Mr. supposed wannabe fake All-Star with the big miss,” Szczerbiak stated, referring to Haliburton whereas narrating the highlights.

Szczerbiak reiterated his “wannabe All-Star” dig as soon as extra, including, “let me keep it that way. … He’s a very good player. He’s not gonna make the All-Star team. A guy like Julius Randle or Jalen Brunson will make it over Tyrese Haliburton and tonight we saw why.”

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton drives to the basket against the Knicks on Dec. 18, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton drives to the basket towards the Knicks on Dec. 18, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Haliburton completed with 15 factors, 10 assists and one rebound within the Pacers’ loss to the Knicks.

Szczerbiak acquired backlash on social media over his feedback in addition to from former NBA participant Matt Barnes, who ripped the analyst, calling him a “bum ass motherf–ker.” Barnes additionally referred to Szczerbiak’s feedback as “super weak” and “some bitch ass s–t.”

Haliburton, the twelfth general decide within the 2020 draft, is averaging 20 factors and an NBA-best 10.6 assists for the Pacers this season. The Knicks took Obi Toppin 4 picks earlier than Haliburton.

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