Caitlin Clark, Tyrese Haliburton Shared Sweet Moment Before Fever Introductory Press Conference

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Indiana’s new sports darling received a welcome worthy of royalty on Wednesday.

Former Iowa Hawkeyes standout Caitlin Clark was introduced in a press conference in Indianapolis days after she was selected by the Indiana Fever with the No. 1 pick of the WNBA draft. Prior to her media availability, she got a sweet visit from Indiana Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton.

Haliburton, recently named to Team USA’s 12-man roster for the Paris Olympics, went in for an emotional hug with Clark, with the two Indiana icons exchanging pleasantries and taking photos together. They also may have sparred over their bitter intrastate collegiate rivalry, as Haliburton played for the Iowa State Cyclones in college. 

Haliburton was one of the first high-profile stars to officially meet Clark as she starts a new chapter of her basketball career, but he likely won’t be the last. The WNBA season starts on May 14 with the Fever set to play their season-opener on the road against the Connecticut Sun.

“I was hoping that Indiana got the first pick, it would’ve made my life a lot better. When I saw that I was pretty excited,” Clark said in her introductory press conference. "I feel like this is a perfect spot for myself, a place that loves basketball.”

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.