Tyrese Haliburton Criticizes NBA's "Stupid Rule" Amid $41 Million Stakes

Photo: Instagram/Tyrese Haliburton

Tyrese Haliburton, the Indiana Pacers' standout player, expressed frustration over the NBA's recently implemented 65-game threshold for postseason awards, labeling it a "stupid rule." 

The talented guard, who recently signed a lucrative five-year, $204.5 million contract extension, is at risk of missing out on an additional $41 million if he falls short of the league's demanding participation criteria.

Haliburton, enjoying a breakout season and earning an All-Star starter nod, faced setbacks with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for a significant portion of the Pacers' recent games.

Photo: Instagram/Tyrese Haliburton

The new policy mandates players to log over 20 minutes in 65 games to qualify for any postseason accolade, putting Haliburton on a tight schedule to maintain his All-NBA aspirations.

Under the Rose rule, making an All-NBA team would allow Haliburton to secure up to 30% of the salary cap, translating to the potential $41 million bonus over the contract's duration. 

The pressure intensifies as he can only afford to miss three more games this season to stay eligible for the prestigious All-NBA recognition.

The controversial rule has sparked discussions not only around Haliburton but also involves other standout players like Joel Embiid, a mid-season MVP contender, who faces similar challenges due to the limited games he can miss while retaining MVP/All-NBA eligibility. 

While Embiid's contract remains secure, Haliburton's financial stakes hang in the balance, adding a layer of complexity to the ongoing discourse surrounding NBA regulations. (Source: NBC Sports)

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