Tyrese Haliburton seems unsatisfied with playoff run according to exit interview

Despite leading the Pacers to their best playoff run in a decade, Tyrese Haliburton is not happy with a mere Conference Finals appearance.
Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four
Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four / Dylan Buell/GettyImages

You'd think the recent season for the Indiana Pacers would be seen as a success by the players themselves. After all, after being projected to win 38 games by Vegas, then projected to make the Play-In, then be a first-round exit, then a second-round exit, Indiana somehow made it to the Conference Finals and gave the Boston Celtics a very good fight before inevitably going down in one of the closest sweeps in NBA history.

Indiana gained a new measure of respect from NBA analysts and fans alike and many agree that the Pacers are just getting started and they should be on the fans' radars for the distant future.

However, all the Pacers can seemingly think about is how their season should not be over and that they need to improve going forward. Specifically, superstar point guard Tyrese Haliburton had some choice words about the season.

While saying that this was undoubtedly the 'best season of his life,' Haliburton also stated that he is not satisfied with making one Eastern Conference Finals. Rather, Haliburton wants this season to be the start of a fantastic run for Indiana and for it to be the norm rather than a one-time occurrence.

If there's anything we know about Haliburton, it's that he does not want to lose anymore. After a year and a half of a losing culture in Sacramento, followed by a promising start to the 2022-23 season before injuries zapped Indiana's playoff chances, Haliburton took a prime opportunity to finally become a winning player this season and ran with it. He is easily the best player on this Pacers team, and he recognizes that it is on him more than anyone else to put the team in a position to succeed.


This type of mindset is fantastic for a 24-year-old coming off his first playoff run. Indiana is paying Tyrese Haliburton a lot of money for the next five years, and Haliburton seems like he wants to reward them with continued success. If this is his mindset going forward, this team is in very good hands.