(Country) – The US team almost lost the service of one of its most important links at Jrue Holiday.
The US team had to go through a rough start from the friendly rounds before and the opening match of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics against the French team. However, despite all of them, they are still the ones who won the victory song when they brought home the fourth Olympic gold medal in a row (from 2008 to 2020). However, things could be very different because one of the most important pillars for this group, Jrue Holiday, once thought about staying at home.
More specifically, the NBA and Olympic champions have been invited by coach Gregg Popovich to recruit since his team was still playing in the Eastern Finals. Share on the podcast of the old thrower and former teammate at the New Orleans Pelicans where JJ Redick, Jrue Holiday had very interesting and funny moments.
“As far as I remember, I received the invite while playing the series against the Atlanta Hawks. It was quite stressful at the time and to be honest, I didn’t want to go at all. I was going to say no then to be with my family. But when he got home and talked to his wife, everything changed. You know how much my wife can push me. We talked about the prospect of the perfect family as both Olympic conquerors. So I accepted the invitation and joined the team after completing my journey with the Milwaukee Bucks“.
In addition, the former New Orleans Pelicans star also did not forget to share with his former teammate about the difficulties and path of the US team to win gold: “The opening match against France was a rather strange match. Before that was a series of days of continuous travel from Milwaukee to Phoenix to pick up Devin Booker and then land in Seattle just to fly to Japan. Less than a day later I found myself wearing the US team uniform and going into battle“.
“I didn’t start that match, but Zach Lavine instead. But he made two errors quite quickly as expected and then suddenly I took the place and didn’t understand anything. As you know, the US team lost, but the team spirit did not move. Everyone understands that they are the best in the world number one tournament. We told ourselves we would meet the French team again in the final and destroy them for the gold“.
Jrue Holiday with excellent defense against Evan Fournier in the final seconds of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic final
Jrue Holiday really had a great season with the NBA championship followed immediately by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medal. Not only is an extremely stable element in attack, the California-born player also is a solid stop on the defensive front. Under the command of Jrue Holiday and Bam Adebayo, the defense of the US team played firmly. This is a solid premise for the superstar elements on the attack to freely open fire.
Now the Holiday girl and boy will probably be the proudest kids in the world. They are not proud when they are born to mother Lauren Holiday who is an American women’s soccer legend who has won 2 Olympic gold medals while Jrue’s father has just continued the tradition of winning American basketball at the Olympics.
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