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Sport Team USA's Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker set for very awkward flight to Tokyo

09:46  21 july  2021
09:46  21 july  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton going from Finals foes to Olympic teammates

  Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton going from Finals foes to Olympic teammates When the NBA Finals end, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton will travel to Tokyo to play for Team USA.“Right now,” Middleton said, “we haven’t said a word to each other.

Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have reached the NBA mountaintop. Devin Booker just suffered quite possibly the most painful loss of his basketball career.

Soon, all three of them will be together on what figures to be a very awkward flight to Tokyo.

The three players, all committed to play for Team USA at the Olympics in Tokyo later this month, are scheduled to depart for Japan on Friday via a private plane provided by USA Basketball, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

The flight will come just three days after Middleton and Holiday's Milwaukee Bucks defeated Booker's Phoenix Suns in six games to capture the franchise's first NBA championship in 50 years. The Bucks topped the Suns 105-98 in Game 6 on Tuesday to end the NBA Finals.

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Awkward or not, Team USA will want to do all it can to get the trio on its roster as soon as possible. The men's basketball team had a disastrous slate of pre-Olympic scrimmages, the first time the team has ever lost multiple games in an exhibition tour. The team is also dealing with the effects of COVID-19, as it has already lost star guard Bradley Beal and was forced to cancel a scrimmage.

Fortunately for Booker, he at least won't have to face Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo again in Tokyo. Greece fell one game short of qualifying for the Olympics earlier this month.

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  • Deaf-blind Paralympian quits Team USA over PCA restriction

Team USA promotes Darius Garland, Saddiq Bey and Keldon Johnson for upcoming exhibition games .
Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton haven't yet joined Team USATeam USA is preparing for the Olympics with practices and scrimmages in Las Vegas right now, but with three players still busy in the Finals, the senior team needs replacements a series of exhibition games beginning on Saturday, July 10. They've settled on three players: Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland and San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. The promotions suggest that the three have stood out in a crowded Select Team field.

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