All-Star Boston Celtics point guard Jrue Holiday is currently at the center of a high-profile recruitment effort by Team USA. According to sources, Team USA is keen to have Holiday suit up for his native country once again during the 2024 Paris Olympics. This news was brought to light by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Holiday, a three-time All-Defensive First Teamer, is no stranger to representing his country. He previously donned the Team USA jersey during the “2020” Tokyo Olympics, which actually took place in 2021 due to the pandemic. During that Olympic campaign, Holiday played alongside basketball luminaries such as Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Bam Adebayo, Damian Lillard (whom he would later be traded for), his teammate at the time Khris Middleton, his current teammate Jayson Tatum, and Devin Booker, in addition to a few NBA role players.
Holiday’s performance during the Olympics was particularly noteworthy. Known for his prowess as a supplemental off-ball playmaker and considered one of the premier defensive guards in the league, he outshone Lillard on the defensive end. Lillard’s defensive shortcomings seemed to hinder his role within the team, and it appears that his representatives may have taken measures to prevent scrutiny.
Though Jrue Holiday has not officially committed to Team USA for the 2024 Paris Olympics, Wojnarowski reports that Team USA’s managing director, Grant Hill, is leading the charge in recruiting him. Remarkably, Wojnarowski’s report suggests that USA Basketball views Holiday as the second-most impactful player on the star-studded “2020” team, with Kevin Durant being the only player considered more influential.
Looking ahead to the 2024 Paris Olympics, Team USA is expected to retain the services of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Jayson Tatum. Furthermore, there is speculation that LeBron James may make a return to Team USA. Additionally, two NBA Most Valuable Players who have yet to represent the program, Stephen Curry and Joel Embiid, could join the ranks. The prospect of such a formidable lineup has generated considerable excitement among basketball enthusiasts.
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