Milwaukee Bucks Owner Explains How Jrue Holiday Was the Missing Piece for Their 2021 NBA Title Run

Published 09/14/2021, 10:19 PM EDT
Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday (21) during the third quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


For an NBA organization, it is really important to find the right set of players. Shaq needed Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan needed Pippen, and so many others. Likewise, the current champions, Milwaukee Bucks, wouldn’t have gotten this far if they didn’t bring in this one player.

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The Bucks won the NBA championship against the Phoenix Suns last season. After going down 0-2 in the series, a valiant team effort took them over the line. They won the next four games and clinched the title. Notably, Giannis Antetokounmpo received Finals MVP for his performances.

Jun 23, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) in the third quarter during game one of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

However, it won’t have been possible for them to get this far without Jrue Holiday. Before this, they had a defensive hole in their roster and desperately needed a star. Hence, last summer, they went all out on a Jrue Holiday trade, and he made the expected impact. General Manager Jon Horst was the main reason the Bucks went for the guard.

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In a recent interview with The Athletic, Bucks’ owner, Marc Lasry, made an appearance as the guest. While on, he spoke about how it was Horst who felt that Jrue Holiday would be the missing piece on the Bucks. In addition, he also talked about how some of their players are great guys.

Lasry said: “Jon Horst was a huge fan of Jrue. You know, I knew who he was. I thought he was a really good player and I knew he was a great defensive player. I just didn’t know the person he was. And Jon felt really strongly that we should go all in with Jrue and felt like is he’s on our team, he’s the missing piece. We signed off on that obviously and what you found is that Jrue, as an individual, is just off the charts. Smart, thoughtful, his parents did a phenomenal job. You would be proud to call him your son.”

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He further spoke about Jrue’s first practice when he covered Giannis. After that, Jon told him that the ‘Greek Freak’ was aware of how good Jrue is because he has covered him. Lasry also felt that Holiday became a big part for Giannis to re-sign because he could see what the Bucks were willing to do.

May 22, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) shoots against Miami Heat forward Trevor Ariza (8) during the fourth quarterof game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Unsurprisingly, Jrue fit right in with Milwaukee. His defensive masterclass, with an ability to score, added another dimension to Milwaukee. In the finals, he had some crucial plays as well. Holiday put up 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists in the finals and was a huge part of their success.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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