MILWAUKEE, WI – Even if you have a full wallet, it never hurts to add a couple of Bucks. See what I did there? Milwaukee Bucks stars Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have committed to join USA Basketball for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The two will make their Olympic debuts under Spurs head coach Greg Popovich.
Holiday joins his Bucks teammate Khris Middleton as first-time Olympians under coach Gregg Popovich. https://t.co/hFLd9oQ1mn
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2021
What This Means
Team USA is the presumed favorite to take home gold, which comes at no surprise. Adding Middleton and Holiday to the roster mean two things: USA has more depth and the additions come at a great time for their careers. After a stunning series win against Brooklyn, news like this validates the growth for both Middleton and Holiday. As the Bucks prepare for the ECF against Atlanta, the confidence shoots to the moon for two Bucks stars, not even mentioning the stellar performance of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
After the addition of Middleton and Holiday, just one spot remains on the USA roster. Notable players to decline invitations so far are Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Donovan Mitchell. As of this afternoon, the roster includes:
Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks
James Harden and Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
This is a win-win for the Bucks, either way. If they are fortunate enough to advance to the NBA Finals, smiles would be permanent for a long stretch. If Team USA brings home gold, they will boast two of those medals in the “Mean Streets” of Milwaukee. What a week to be a Bucks fan.
Any chance Holiday or Middleton ask Durant why he took a long two in the series clincher? I am not sure I would put money on it.