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A week later and while being in another country, Booker mentioned that he’s left that heartbreaking loss well behind him. “I’m a forward thinker and able to move onto the next thing, and be able to take my ‘L’ and move on,” the Suns‘ star said per The Athletic.
Booker traveled to Japan just a few days after the NBA Finals were completed in order to join Team USA for his first-ever participation in the Olympic Games. He was joined by newly-crowned NBA champions Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday who he faced in some tough battles in the Finals.
“The memories are there, but it’s nothing personal between us,” Booker said. “We lost and that’s it, and I’m man enough to accept that and move on. There’s no hate towards Jrue or K Mid.”
Team USA bounced back from a loss to France in the Olympics opener with a blowout win over Iran. Booker scored 16 points while Damian Lillard had 24 for Gregg Popovich’s team.