Haliburton oozes confidence as he prepares for first sport initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Bayarea
Tyrese Haliburton is both probably the most ready rookie to return within the league or he has no thought what he’s about to come across.
Because the 20-year-old readied for his first sport motion, Haliburton took trip of his day to talk to the media and confidence oozed out of the No. 12 general decide within the 2020 NBA Draft.
Does he have first sport jitters? No. Does he know the playbook? Nicely sufficient. Is he ready? Positive, he performs 2K.
“I’m not tremendous nervous or something,” Haliburton mentioned. “I really feel advantageous, it simply looks like one other sport. I believe it’s going to be just a little bit completely different as soon as I stroll into the tunnel and put my uniform on earlier than the sport.”
Don’t take his confidence for a scarcity of pleasure. Haliburton can’t wait to get on the ground for his first NBA sport, even when there received’t be followers within the stands.
“I really feel like a child on Christmas day,” Haliburton mentioned. “I’m simply able to get after it, able to play with one of the best gamers on this planet.”
One of many greater changes has been the spacing and the size of the gamers round him. On the NBA stage, gaps are smaller, closeouts come faster and there’s normally some on the ground that may put you on a poster at a second’s discover.
As for studying his teammates, Haliburton has used video video games to get a leap on understanding their tendencies.
“I solely play 2K with the Kings so I do know who acquired a jumper on there, who don’t,” Haliburton mentioned with a smile.
Whereas his 2K remark was barely tongue in cheek, he mentioned he’s used synergy and different types of movie examine to grasp his teammates and assist put them in positions to succeed.
Haliburton is likely to be prepared for his first sport, however it’s doable that De’Aaron Fox can have a fast dialog with the rookie between his media session and sport time to prep him for what he would possibly face on the Moda Heart Friday evening.
On Feb. 9, 2018, Fox acquired his baptism to the NBA by this similar Portland Path Blazers group. It’s a second Fox has spoken on a number of instances.
Damian Lillard torched Fox and each different participant the Kings threw on the All-Star guard, dropping 50 factors in lower than half-hour of motion. To today, Fox nonetheless considers Lillard some of the tough covers within the league.
That second will come for Haliburton as effectively, it’s only a matter of when.
The Kings have excessive hopes for Haliburton this season and it is vitally probably that he is likely one of the first gamers off the bench for coach Luke Walton. There’s a lot to love about his versatility on each ends of the courtroom and the Kings envision him pairing effectively with Fox long run.
Regardless of his confidence, Haliburton can have a studying curve. How steep is unknown at this level, however he’s drawn sturdy evaluations from his teammates and coaches up to now throughout coaching camp. Now it’s time to see how he seems to be in sport motion in opposition to somebody in a distinct coloured uniform.