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Haliburton blames Magic Johnson for why he wears short shorts

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There is something old school about Tyrese Haliburton, and we’re not talking about his game.

The 20-year-old has shunned the standard NBA knee-length shorts. He even skipped past the Chris Webber, Michigan “Fab 5” baggy shorts look. In fact, he’s out on the court wearing some tiny shorts that might make John Stockton blush.

Where does Haliburton’s short shorts look come from? Maybe it’s from his obsession with studying the history of the game and his love of Magic Johnson.

“I used to watch a lot of 80’s, like early basketball, so maybe just watching Magic or something got me doing that,” Haliburton said. “It’s probably his fault.”

Maybe this is why Haliburton has drawn the nickname, “Little Magic.” He can make a fancy pass like the Lakers legend, but he’s also bold enough to try to bring back a trend that died in the early-90s.

Haliburton said that his look hasn’t gone unnoticed by teammates, but he’s sticking with it.

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“They get on me all the time, Hassan [Whiteside] was just talking to me about it the other day, like, why I wear my shorts so small,” Haliburton said. “It’s just something I started doing in high school, it was kinda like that trend started to come back.”

Haliburton said that the key to his look is to roll the top of his shorts, once, if not more times. It doesn’t matter what size he receives from his team, he still shortens them -- regardless of the ribbing he receives or what the league and sponsors think.


“No matter what size shorts our equipment manager Miguel gives to me, I’m going to roll them at least once,” Haliburton said. “I know the league probably hates, Nike probably hates it. I know Nike hated it when I was in college, I used to roll them twice and you could see the tag, so they would send me shorter ones and I would still roll them twice.”

Every player is different. From hairstyles to shoes, almost everyone has some sort of signature look. Haliburton is sporting undersized shorts. As long as he can play the game and we don’t have any wardrobe malfunctions, more power to him.