Pacers Crack Up After Tyrese Haliburton Has Unauthorized Press Conference Drink Confiscated

Tyrese Haliburton got in trouble for bringing Prime to his postgame presser.
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The Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, ending what Stephen A. Smith called the greatest run by a small guard in NBA history. Tyrese Halliburton scored 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting in the 21-point victory. He was joined at the postgame podium by Pascal Siakam and Miles Turner. And he brought his own drink, which was eventually removed by someone from PR.

While Haliburton, Turner and Siakam chided the media for not paying attention to them early in the season or picking them to beat the Knicks, someone leaned over the table and grabbed the drink, which made everyone crack up as Haliburton pleaded his innocence.

This is not the first time we've seen this happen. During last year's playoffs, D'Angelo Russell brought an unapproved beverage to his presser and had it removed right after he sat down, which caused a viral moment for his reaction. The thing is, if they had just left Russell and his coconut drink alone we'd have only been talking about his headwear choice. But instead we're talking about it again, approximately 11 months after the first and only time anyone heard about it.

And that's the exact same thing that happened with Haliburton having his Logan Paul-flavored sugar water drink taken away. If it had just sat there, everyone would have just focused on the Reggie Miller sweatshirt.

On the bright side, we were treated to Turner and Siakam reacting like the teacher took away their friend's cell phone, down to Siakam saying he told him he shouldn't be texting in class.

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Stephen Douglas is a Senior Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. He has been in journalism and media since 2008, and now casts a wide net with coverage across all sports. Stephen spent more than a decade with The Big Lead and has previously written for Uproxx and The Sporting News. He has three children, two degrees and one now unverified Twitter account.