Basketball and India

'It helps keep that hunger for the game': Tyrese Haliburton on value of Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Live Virtual Sessions

Tyrese Haliburton was the guest on Week 8 of the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Live Virtual Sessions, hosted by Bryan Garmoth every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. IST.

The Kings rookie was very high on the idea of these interactive virtual sessions, especially in these times marred by the COVID-19 pandemic, where a majority of outdoor activities have been shut down.

"It helps kids learn, keep that passion and hunger for the game," Haliburton said. "These kids see somebody like me, see how hard I work and see me in the NBA. I hope that encourages them to want to make it to the NBA."

On the court, Haliburton has put on a show so far, giving us one of the most exciting and entertaining rookie campaigns this season.

Ever since LaMelo Ball was sidelined with his injury, the 20-year-old Kings guard has been in the conversation for the Rookie of the Year Award and he is most certainly expected to finish among the Top 3.

Through 55 games, he's averaging 12.8 points and 5.2 assists while recording among the best shooting splits from the current rookie class by making 47 percent of his field-goal attempts, 40.6 percent of his 3-pointers and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Despite his heroics and the highlight plays he's pulled off, in his advice to the young kids, the Iowa State alum wanted them to remember and value what goes into those performances on the court.

"You got to really work hard," he shared. "This was not given to me. This is not given to any player in the NBA. We work really hard to do what we do and it's important that people understand that.

In the 2020 NBA Draft, Haliburton was picked 12th overall by the Kings, a team that has featured the most number of guests on the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Live Virtual Sessions.

Haliburton was second after assistant coach Roy Rana, who featured as a guest in Week four on March 27, was the first.

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This comes not long after the Kings were one of two teams to participate in the first-ever NBA India Games in October 2019.

"Eventually, in life, I would love to travel to different places and see different things," Haliburton shared.

"Hearing about their stories [teammates' experiences from NBA India Games] of visiting India, that was really cool for me and I hope, one day, I'm able to come to India and really get out, visit and learn more about the culture."

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