Apr 10, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) reacts with teammates after leaving the game after just eight seconds played in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Unless you’re Jeff Bezos, you probably didn’t have a more productive day than Jrue Holiday had on Sunday.

The Milwaukee Bucks guard entered the final game of the regular season needing to play in that game in order to collect a $306,000 bonus for playing in 67 games this season. The Bucks already cemented the second seed in the Eastern Conference so the starters didn’t really need to play today. But given Holiday had to play in order to collect, he started the game and got a foul within the first eight seconds of the game to get that bag.

Holiday might’ve had to play the first 66 games to get here but collecting a lot of money for eight seconds of work has got to be a great feeling. Especially for someone who donates millions toward various Black-owned nonprofits and businesses.

Credit to the Bucks and head coach Mike Budenholzer for starting Holiday. It would’ve been a bad look but it wouldn’t have been totally surprising if a team decided not to play someone so they wouldn’t have to pay out on a bonus. The Bucks did and avoided a bunch of scrutiny so now they can look forward to the playoffs.


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