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‘No hate’ between Devin Booker and Bucks teammates

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 17: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against Jrue Holiday #21 of the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half of game five of the NBA Finals at Footprint Center on July 17, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Bucks defeated the Suns 123-119. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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While it has been an up and down ride for Men's Team USA Basketball so far at the Olympics, there aren't any hard feelings between Devin Booker and his new Bucks teammates. After competing against Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday in the NBA Finals, Booker is now playing alongside them. Despite the Phoenix Suns losing in 6 games to Milwaukee, Booker hasn't taken it personally.

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Booker addressed playing with Middleton and Holiday not only after Team USA's win over Iran but had also been asked about it before. During the NBA Finals, reporters asked Booker and the Bucks guards about playing together. None of the players seemed concerned.

“I think we’ll be fine, I’m sure we won’t be best buddies during Team USA, but we’ll be teammates, for sure. We’ll be on the same path, talking basketball X’s and O’s, trying to get the job done.”Khris Middleton, After Game 5 of the Finals

After playing in the NBA Finals, Booker, Holiday, and Middleton, all flew to Japan to join Team USA. All three players suited up for Team USA's opening game against France, but Team USA blew a late lead and lost. After the defeat, Coach Greg Popovich became the subject of criticism. In the USA's beat down against Iran, both Booker and Jrue Holiday were starters. We'll see if this is a permanent adjustment.

Booker past Bucks, eyes on gold

Booker has already begun to move on, preferring not to dwell on the loss.

"I'm a forward thinker. I move on to the next thing, I'll be able to take my L and move on."Devin Booker said after the win against Iran.


The late additions have been key parts of USA Basketball's lineups since arriving in Japan. Already, members of Team USA have been grateful for the late arrivals.

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After losing a couple of players during training camp, Green was happy to have teammates see through a commitment. While they were competing just a week ago, Booker and his new teammates now have common goals. After losing out on a championship, Booker will have to settle for a gold medal if Team USA can make it that far.

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