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

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

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 went on to win the next four games and win 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 talks about how some of their players are great guys.

“(GM) Jon Horst felt that (Jrue) was going to be the missing piece, and he was dead right.”

Marc Lasry reflects on the Bucks’ decision to trade for Holiday.

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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 know 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.”

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 resign because he could see what the Bucks are 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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