skones wrote:M-C-G wrote:
Ground you to dust with that one.
RogerMurdock wrote:M-C-G wrote:humanrefutation wrote:I wonder if you polled NBA players, where'd they rank Jrue versus Lowry. They all seem to say very good things about Jrue.
I tried to find it for you, but there was a video, maybe posted by the Bucks twitter account (or maybe they retweeted it?) that had guys like Durant and a couple of others talking about how they thought Jrue was the best defender and super underrated. I'll dig a bit for it later, but sure seems like the league thinks extremely highly of Jrue.
Jrue and Lauren Holiday were relaxing in bed at home in California when Jrue heard from New Orleans Pelicans general manager David Griffin: Jrue was headed to Milwaukee as part of what turned out to be a multi-team trade.
A short while later, the news hit the public with reports filling the Internet at about 10:30 p.m. Central Time on Nov. 16.
Shortly thereafter is when Lauren received a message, which included an article that Milwaukee was one of the worst places in America to live if you are African-American. Her friend added, I think you’re going there for a reason.
The next day, Lauren was on the phone.
On the other end was Arvind Gopalratnam, the Milwaukee Bucks’ vice president of corporate social responsibility and executive director of the team’s foundation. He was caught off guard. Usually, when a new player comes to the team there’s a scheduled sit down (or, currently, a Zoom meeting) where community outreach goals are talked about, plans developed, contacts shared.
The Holidays were already on the move, and Gopalratnam didn’t know he was trying to catch up.
“There’s no sugar coating it, without question it’s impressive,” he said. “Because they’re impressive people.”
That wasn’t lost on Horst, either.
“It certainly fits into the calculus,” Horst said about the man they traded for. “If you kind of go back to the beginning, every decision that we’ve made we’ve really tried to run it through the same type of filtering process and Bucks DNA and character fit and culture fit is a massive part of what we make every decision based on. Talent obviously always matters, but someone’s toughness, their grit, their basketball IQ, the way that they treat people, the teammate that they are – those things matter.”