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“Now we’re ready to try to go win another championship.” — Jrue Holiday is positive about the Milwaukee Bucks' chances for the 2022-23 season

For the first time in his career, Holiday knew almost everyone on the team on day 1 of training camp.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday's arrival to Milwaukee Bucks brought them instant success with the 2021 NBA championship, but he's not one to rest on his laurels. Jrue was influential during the 2021-22 season, putting up a career-best shooting average from deep (41.1%) and shed light on his quest for constant improvement.

"It's just a daily grind, staying to my program with our PD coaches," Jrue said at NBA Media Day.

Holiday is happy to see almost the entire roster come back

The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a solid regular season, finishing with a 51-31 record. However, their playoff run was cut short due to the surge of the Boston Celtics, who gave them a tough fight in the conference semifinals.

The Bucks have only had a little significant activity during the summer, signing Joe Ingles from the Utah Jazz. They've re-signed or extended their players' contracts from the last campaign, taking a nearly identical roster to the 2021-22 season, which many call a significant advantage.

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We've relaxed, got a chance to kind of recuperate and build our bodies back. And now we're ready to try to go win another championship.”

"Everybody pretty much being back here and playing pick-up and working out together definitely gives us that camaraderie early. Plus, we had like 15-16 players come back… that's probably the most in my career. Damn near the whole team came back, so that's cool," Holiday said.

What motivates Jrue Holiday?

The veteran guard has shown constant progress and has become one of the most reliable players on the Bucks roster. He may be 31 years old but doesn't see that as a sign to slow down or take a back seat. Holiday is constantly on the lookout for ways he can contribute more and improve the Bucks' prospects every season.

In the NBA Media Day interview, Jrue touched upon a list of factors that motivate him to strive for greatness. While he credited his teammates, coaches, and family, he mentioned the 2021 title as well.

"I think since I've won… really going through that journey again. Trying to go through the grind," Jrue reflected.

Jrue also credited his wife Lauren Holiday's achievements in soccer as a driving force.

"I'm sure everybody here knows about my wife, she's the better athlete in our house. So, I do have to step my game up."

Lauren Holiday played for the US National team between 2007 and 2015 and has won five international medals. She played club football for three different teams in the NWSL but retired early due to health issues.

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