As Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that everyone on the roster reported to practice on the first day, new addition Jrue Holiday vowed to bring “extra toughness” to the roster, which Budenholzer noticed immediately on both ends of the court.
“Even though it’s our first practice, you just see a physicality that Jrue brings to the defensive end of the court and really the offensive end of the court,” Budenholzer said. “There’s a few plays to me that stand out from today where there’s just a physicality that’s a part of Jrue’s game. It comes naturally.”
For Holiday to celebrate Antetokounmpo’s birthday on the first day of practice was a unique experience as he is still getting to know the Bucks’ leader on a personal level.
“Just getting to know a lot more about them, I feel like that also can help build chemistry and help speed chemistry up,” Holiday said. “So just from that point of view, it’s been great and everybody here has been super accepting. Everybody here, I feel like, knows their role, so that also makes it easier.
“Again, for Giannis, he’s a good dude,” Holiday added. “And you can tell that he’s a good dude and he’s about business, but he’s a family guy who takes care of his people, and that’s why they have him here.”