Former Milwaukee Bucks stud Jrue Holiday is used to playing under the bright lights. However, there’s no denying that he will be facing a different monster now that he’s joined the Boston Celtics.
For his part, however, the two-time All-Star guard isn’t shying away from it one bit.
Former Milwaukee Bucks PG Jrue Holiday Vocal on Facing ‘Pressure’
Boston gave up Robert Williams, Malcolm Brogdon, and two 2029 first-round picks to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Holiday. This in itself speaks volumes of how valuable the Celtics consider Holiday to be.
Holiday is well aware of this fact as well — and he’s ready to face it head-on:
“I feel like, from the time that I landed here, it’s been nothing but top notch. It’s been first class,” said Holiday, via Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston. “Obviously, the storied history of this organization, and maybe there’s pressure that applies, but it’s good to have a little bit of pressure. Just Brad expressing that [long-term desire] constantly to me, it isn’t really pressure. It really just justifies or solidifies maybe how I felt about my game and what I want to do in this league.”
As it turns out, it’s not just external pressure that Holiday is facing. The fact that team president Brad Stevens has already been talking about a long-term contract extension for the 33-year-old combo guard also means that the pressure is also coming from an internal source.
Championship or Bust
Boston won’t be waiting a year or two to get some return on their investment. This team has been on the brink of a title for multiple seasons, and it goes without saying that they want to win now.
Jrue Holiday knows the mission, and he’s all in.
“I really can come here and make a difference and try to uncover [the next championship banner],” he said.
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