HoopsHype Jrue Holiday rumors

January 24, 2013 Updates

Holiday’s primary competition among the guards in the Eastern Conference (coaches are to select two guards) will come from Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving (probably a lock), Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings (has outplayed Holiday twice this season) and Deron Williams (Nets are rolling; he’s not playing up to his typically high standards). “It matters a lot, that’s why I’m not watching it,” Holiday said. “I can’t watch and that’s why I’m going to the Flyers game. Philadelphia Inquirer

January 22, 2013 Updates

There would be seven new All-Stars next month in Houston if the 16 NBA players polled by HoopsHype had their say. Cavs guard Kyrie Irving, Knicks center Tyson Chandler, Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Pacers forward Paul George and Rockets guard James Harden received tremendous support in the voting while Sixers guard Jrue Holiday and Bulls center Joakim Noah squeaked in for the last spots. All-Star veterans like Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh or Paul Pierce also made the list while the usual snubees - Atlanta's Josh Smith, Milwaukee's Monta Ellis, Memphis' Rudy Gay - were left out. HoopsHype

January 21, 2013 Updates

Me: What would you say you're better at now than you were last season? Jrue Holiday: I think getting into the paint, kind of penetrating the defense and finding my teammates. I think last year Andre did that a lot. Andre is obviously a facilitator; he sees the floor with that 360 view. I would say that's something I really learned from him. He always got into the paint. We're always like, all right, you're at that 2.9 in the middle of the key. Why don't you shoot it? Everybody has their eyes on him once he got into the paint, and that left everybody else open. I feel like that's a big thing. That's a very good way to get your teammates involved, to get them open shots, and penetrating to the basket. NBA.com

January 19, 2013 Updates
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Yet, in an informal poll of seven NBA officials — two general managers, an assistant general manager, two advance scouts and two players — Irving and Holiday received more votes than either Jennings or Ellis. Irving and Holiday were two of four guards chosen in the poll for the Eastern Conference team. The others were Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Miami’s Dwyane Wade, who were chosen as starters in fan voting. Joining the four backcourt players on the Eastern team were eight frontcourt players, including Miami’s LeBron James and New York’s Carmelo Anthony, who were also voted as starters by the fans. Racine Journal-Times

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"People ask me if I would like to make the All-Star team," he said. "I mean, seriously, who wouldn't? I guess I really don't think about it. Going into games, it's not like I'm thinking about scoring or doing other things for me individually. I really just try to go out and win every game, and if that means me scoring two points and Nick [Young] scoring 30 or Dorell [Wright] scoring 15, as long as we get the win I'm happy." While the voting is updated every week, Holiday says he doesn't really keep an eye on the tallies. As of the latest release on Thursday, he is eighth in backcourt voting. "I don't keep an eye on the voting," he said. "I can't, because I'd be mad, because I'm a competitor and there's probably people ahead of me I feel I'm better than, but I know they have more votes than I do. It could be popularity, whatever it is. I can't look at it." Philadelphia Inquirer

December 24, 2012 Updates
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Q: And your own play up to this point? Jrue Holiday: I think I've been all right, playing pretty well. Q: What were your individual goals for this season? A: One thing I'd love to be is to be an All-Star, but more so it was trying to be a leader. We had a lot of guys last year who were basically the leaders of the team. We came in and they kind of told you what to do. On the court, they ran stuff. I think now I'm kind of dictating the tempo for our team, just trying to be that floor general. ESPN.com

Q: And now that you're committed for the long term, how curious are you about what this team will look like with Andrew Bynum and how much are you thinking about the future and the Sixers being able to keep him? A: More so than curious, I'm just excited. I'm excited for him to finally play, and I'd love to play with him. (But) I think the season at hand is the most important thing. ESPN.com

December 21, 2012 Updates

“I think we’re doing well even without Big Fella down there,” starting point guard Jrue Holiday said to HOOPSWORLD. “Other guys just had to pick up. I guess we’re not waiting, we just got to move forward. We want Andrew to be out there, but again, trying to do our thing.” Though the full impact of the Sixers’ offseason moves have not yet been felt due to Bynum’s ongoing knee issues, one side effect has been the brilliant play of Holiday and Turner, who have garnered more minutes and more responsibility in the wake of the departures of Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams. “For sure, I think that’s just the process of us growing into a pretty good back court,” agrees Holiday. “We’re just trying to get comfortable with each other, trying to be leaders like Coach wants us to be. I think he made the right moves to do that.” HoopsWorld

December 20, 2012 Updates

Jrue Holiday missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday in Houston because of his sprained left foot. The hope, according to Doug Collins, is that he'll be back Friday when the team hosts the Atlanta Hawks. But the coach emphasized he will not send Holiday out on the floor unless he is 100 percent. Philadelphia Inquirer

"Once he's good to go, he'll go," Collins said. "This isn't an injury that you would say would be chronic unless you tried to do it too soon. I don't think we're sure what happened, how he hurt it. Damien Wilkins was kidding him that it was from coming down 28 times after taking 28 shots [against Chicago his last game]. I'm not sure Jrue knows how he did it. "He changed his shoes; could it have been because he changed his shoe? We don't know. I don't think this is something that you look at and think that it will reoccur if he lets it heal." Philadelphia Inquirer

December 19, 2012 Updates

Holiday, who suffered a sprained left foot last Wednesday in a loss to Chicago, participated in the team's shootaround on Tuesday morning. He said afterward that his foot was sore, but he hoped to be cleared to play. That clearance never came. The Sixers, who play 10 of their next 11 games on the road, are not taking any chances. "We can't take this injury and make it a residual thing. We can't take an acute injury and make it chronic," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "We have not had Andrew [Bynum] all year and we are going to miss Jrue some." Philadelphia Inquirer

December 18, 2012 Updates

Holiday has missed the last two games with a sprained left foot. The Sixers' leading scoring at 18.4 points a game, he has been listed as day-to-day since he hurt his foot Wednesday against Chicago. He worked up a serious sweat in his session with McKie, then pronounced himself pain-free. Holiday said he would try to push it harder in the team's shootaround Tuesday morning in Dallas. He hopes to be available to play Tuesday night against the Mavericks. "It feels OK," Holiday said. "But this is a situation where it's my foot and it's probably one of the most important parts of your body. Not saying anything else isn't, but you can't do much if you can barely walk on your foot." Philadelphia Inquirer

December 17, 2012 Updates

The 76ers have also made inquiries about big men around the league, a likely indication that they're not expecting Andrew Bynum on the court any time soon -- or, at least, not expecting him to be very effective when he comes back. Other than Jrue Holiday, I'm told, no one is off limits -- though it would take something immense to get Philly to part with Thaddeus Young or Evan Turner. NBA.com

December 13, 2012 Updates

An MRI revealed Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday has a left foot sprain and will be a game-time decision for Friday night's game in Indiana. In addition, point guard Royal Ivey won’t make the trip due to strep throat. Gerald Wilkins (calf strain) is will be a game-time decision. Philadelphia Inquirer

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