Lauren Holiday agrees. She competed in four major competitions during her eight-year career with the national team, helping the United States to win three. Although the 2011 World Cup final escaped on penalties against Japan, she said she only imagined four on four.
“The NBA is like a different world,” she said. “They are trying to manage their bodies. This part of basketball, how they rest, is foreign to me. I am 110% all the time. That’s all I know. This was instilled in us in the national team: “You are winners. We win. We are not losing. “
Lauren Holiday’s expertise in dealing with high expectations makes her a useful sounding board for her husband as he heads to a playoff series in which the Bucks could face demons immediately, thanks to a possible match. first round against the Miami Heat. Milwaukee was outscored by Miami in five games last summer in a second-round series in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World, collapsing early after posting the league’s best regular season record for the second year. consecutive.
She was also the primary source of advice when Jrue, still in New Orleans, seriously considered skipping the NBA restart. Their JLH fund was inspired by his suggestion to end the pelican season and donate the rest of his 2019-20 salary ($ 5.3 million) to help black communities ravaged by the pandemic and a summer of social unrest after the May 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The original focus of the grants was the cities closest to the holiday season: New Orleans, Indianapolis (her hometown), and Los Angeles (her hometown). On Monday, they will donate an additional $ 1 million to the fund to start a second round of grants and add Milwaukee to the list of featured cities.
“I’m not going to lie: I didn’t really want to go in the bubble,” Jrue Holiday said. “I didn’t feel like it was basketball time. My wife was pregnant. I just felt like leaving my family wasn’t the best for my family. I also wanted to go out and protest, but I couldn’t do it because I had to protect my family from Covid. I felt like I needed something to motivate me to go.