Rarely do you find a rookie with the composure and ability to capture the feelings of so many with his words. Tyrese Haliburton has a gift. Not only is he a very good young basketball player, but he wears his heart on his sleeve.

Haliburton, like many of the players around him on the Kings’ roster, wants to be great. They want to win and more than anything else, they want to be in the playoffs and snap the 14-year streak of futility that hangs over Sacramento’s franchise like a dark cloud.

After losing for the seventh straight game, the rookie stood in to take the hits from the media. His eyes were red with frustration. He began the session with his head held so low that he wasn’t even visible on the Zoom screen.  

“I don’t know what to say, just very frustrated,” Haliburton said. “My mom and my dad are probably going to watch this, so I’m not going to cuss or nothing like that, I think we’re all just irritated. We obviously want to win.”

We’ve seen De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes all have this same look of pain this season. This isn’t who this team believes they are. This isn’t who they want to be.