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Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
The NBA won’t allow players to wear “ninja-style headwear” this season. Several players — including the Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, the LA Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and the Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen — regularly wore the headgear a season ago.
Suffice to say, nothing’s going to come easy for opposing backcourts next season, and Ball is excited to get things rolling with his fellow UCLA alumnus. During a recent appearance on the Lightharted Podcast, Ball said he’s looking forward to sharing the backcourt with Holiday, who Ball believes is underrated.
David Griffin: And because that’s what he natively really does, we’re not going to ask him to carry an undue burden (offensively). We’re going to ask him to be Zion, to figure out how that player interfaces with the rest of the pieces we have and how it can be equative to winning. And because the only thing he cares about is winning and losing, I think it’s going to be a fairly natural transition. It’s just going to take some time to figure out exactly how profound his impact will be. But again, we’re looking at this as Jrue Holiday’s team and we’re going to go as far as Jrue and our veterans take us.
Griffin routinely calls the Pelicans “Jrue’s Team” and even said Holiday can be a Most Valuable Player candidate this season, despite never making an All-NBA team in his previous 10 seasons. “He’s never really had a team to lead,” Griffin told SiriusXM radio. “When you’re as good as Jrue is, what makes you take the next step is your vision of self, and sometimes you need to be given permission to dominate people. In his situation with Anthony (Davis), he was always waiting, because it was Anthony’s job. “And now Jrue knows it’s his job, and he’s ready to do that.”
Redick, who bought a full-page ad in the Inquirer to thank Philadelphia, left the organization with class. We now know a little bit more about his thought process after he discussed the decision on the latest episode of his podcast. It turns out former Sixers guard Jrue Holiday played a big role in swaying Redick. “We just chatted on the phone,” Redick told The Ringer’s Bill Simmons. “I just told (Jrue) on the phone, man, you’re one of my favorite players in the NBA and I truly mean that. He’s someone that I’ve just respected and admired as a person and as a player for a long time. As much as it was the young guys and the opportunity to play that mentoring role and all that, a big part of this was getting that opportunity to play with Jrue. I think that was a huge piece of it.”
Will Guillory: Lonzo Ball says he isn’t very close with Jrue Holiday, but he does have a strong bond with his younger brother, Aaron, his former teammate at UCLA. Ball says he’s looking forward to playing with Jrue and he has a deep respect for the Holiday family
Jim Eichenhofer: Just wrapped up #Pelicans draft pick press conference in Vegas. Nickeil Alexander-Walker noted Josh Hart was the first New Orleans teammate to reach out to the 3 rookies, via a group chat. The new pros also watched a summer game with Jrue Holiday. They’re cleared to play tonight
Before free agency started, the Clippers knew they needed a second star to lure Leonard but had no idea whom he wanted. The Clippers inquired on deals for Washington’s Bradley Beal and New Orleans’ Jrue Holiday, but those guards weren’t available in trades. Eventually, Leonard made his intentions known to the Clippers: Paul George.
Marc Stein: Al Horford may have followed Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson on Twitter today … but the Pelicans are not actively pursuing Horford as the opening bell of free agency draws near, league sources say
Ball posted a video of him reacting the trade news via Facebook and it doesn’t sound like he’s all that broken up about the prospect of playing alongside Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday and his old Lakers teammates Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart in New Orleans. Lonzo Ball: “I got traded… That was good [smiles]. And yeah, now we’re gonna be taking the show to New Orleans and turn it up out there.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Turner’s name has come up a lot in scenarios but I’ve been told by league sources he won’t be moved. When #Pacers asked about Jrue Holiday @ deadline that’s what it would’ve cost. On a great contract, rim protecting, 3p shooter, away from the rim defending bigs=hard to find
Either way, this saga needed a finale, and the Pelicans’ future is set up nicely now. They have a bevy of young, talented pieces coming in, and soon-to-be No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson ready to be the face of the franchise along with Jrue Holiday. Griffin has been open to moving the No. 4 overall pick, and one player league executives believe the Pelicans are monitoring in a potential trade is Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal, sources said. But Wizards interim president Tommy Sheppard is running the Washington front office as of now, and the franchise has been adamant for months that it hopes to build around Beal.
In whatever deal the Pelicans make, Griffin wants the assets to continue building a Western Conference playoff team around guard Jrue Holiday and the projected No. 1 overall pick, forward Zion Williamson, sources said.
As for Davis himself, he is in wait-and-see mode now and simply going about his workout regimen with fellow Pelicans players such as Holiday, Frank Jackson and Stanley Johnson. Griffin and Holiday spent time with each other in Los Angeles as well, league sources said, as Griffin continues to build strong rapports throughout his roster. Holiday is a cornerstone for the Pelicans, a two-way guard who has shouldered a leadership role for the franchise.
And on an appearance on ESPN LA’s “Mason & Ireland,” Pelicans beat writer Andrew Lopez gave the Los Angeles Lakers a bit of good news. He reported that, while the Lakers are still trailing the Boston Celtics, Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry is very interested in Lonzo Ball (h/t Christian Rivas of Lonzo Wire). “It’s probably Boston first and then I’d put the Lakers second,” Lopez said. “The Lakers do have good assets that people in the Pelicans’ organization value. For instance, Alvin Gentry loves the idea of having a Lonzo Ball-Jrue Holiday backckourt. LaVar Ball does not love the idea of a Lonzo Ball-Jrue Holiday backcourt, so that makes things a little bit complicated. They like some of the guys higher in the draft.”
According to the source, Griffin still believes he can have as good a Big Three as any team in the NBA next season, with Davis, Zion Williamson and star combo guard Jrue Holiday — especially if Kevin Durant bolts Golden State. Asked if he would consider trading the third pick, Mills all but brushed off the query. “We’re here to evaluate the players that are here and we’ll keep moving along in our process,’’ Mills said.
After the lottery, Griffin acknowledged to reporters that having the no. 1 pick affords the franchise more flexibility in the coming months. There’s less pressure to deal Davis now. The Pelicans can play it slow, going into the season with a core of AD, Zion, and Jrue Holiday, and see how things play out. If February 2020 rolls around and Davis still wants to leave, the team could trade him before the deadline for a haul. If Davis’s true reason for originally wanting out was to compete for a championship, how many teams can he now find with more long-term potential than the Pelicans? “He’s wanted to win this whole time and he felt compelled to try to win elsewhere. I think if you look at the totality of where this organization is and where we’re going, we feel very strongly that we’re going to be the environment he wants to be part of,” Griffin said. “And if we’re not, that’s fine; we can deal with it from there. But I’m looking at this, believing that there’s no reason he wouldn’t want to win with us, because that’s what we do. It’s who we are. And I think culturally we’re about all the same things.”
It will also frustrate teams looking for a versatile point guard in his prime, hoping that Holiday would be on the block. League sources say the Suns are considered a top contender should Holiday be made available, the ideal fit for a team badly in need of a multifaceted veteran at the point. But Orlando would have interest, too, as would Chicago – though Holiday’s brother, Justin, did not have a sterling experience with the Bulls this season before being traded to the Grizzlies.
The Dri-FIT headband first popped up in the NBA at the beginning of this season, but Jrue Holiday insists this has been a Holiday family staple for at least three years. “Me and my brothers have been doing it since we’ve had longer hair, probably three years at least,” he says. But the inspiration also came from a less expected source: Holiday first started noticing this new style of headband courtesy of the women in his life. His wife is Lauren Holiday, US Olympic soccer player, and his sister played basketball for many years. “We have a lot of friends who played or are playing in the WNBA. The girls have been wearing this same style headband for a while,” he says. When players talk smack on the court for his elevated accessorizing, his response is simple: “I’m always like, ‘Y’all have seen it before!’”
And now that the Dri-FIT 2.0 is an unquestionable part of NBA fashion, the dissenting voices are becoming quieter. “Andre Iguodala used to ask me what was on my head all the time, but he’s an old dude,” says Holiday with a laugh. “The fans would say things like, ‘Mr. Miyagi is looking for you,’ and, ‘Who’s your master?,’ but I don’t hear too much anymore,” he adds. Like seemingly everything else in the NBA—wine drinking, finding the best young rapper to bump while broadcasting over Instagram Live—this new iteration of headband has turned into a competition. Holiday claims he wore it first, although teammate Solomon Hill accompanied him on opening night, too. But among the Holiday family? Brothers Justin and Aaron—both in the NBA—don’t stand a chance. “I wear it the best,” Jrue says matter-of-factly, before adding, “But it’s mostly because I have the best hair.” In any circle, let alone that of an NBA family, those are dangerous words. Don’t worry, he assures. “We’ll battle it out on the court.”
Nick Friedell: Davis is walking around Pels facility with a bunch of his jerseys and passing them out to people. He just gave one to Jrue Holiday as Holiday spoke to media. AD: Say good things about me. Holiday: Always, bruh. I said you wasn’t leaving. Media chuckles. AD barely breaks stride
It’s a major responsibility. And one Holiday is eager to shoulder. “I’m going to go with it,” Holiday told The Advocate. “I’m excited to run with it. I guess I’d like to be more involved with decisions and decision-making moving forward. I’d like some sit down conversations with Mickey (Loomis), Mrs. B (owner Gayle Benson) and the new GM or Danny (Ferry) if he stays. “Me and (coach Alvin) Gentry have a good relationship, and I can talk to him anytime. I’d like to have my opinion heard, and from there they can make the decision that they make. I want to help and I want to make this the best place it can be and I think I can help everyone.
Will Guillory: Pelicans just announced Jrue Holiday underwent surgery to repair his core muscle injury. He’ll be sidelined for six weeks. pic.twitter.com/frgZvKqw6k
Bobby Marks: Despite missing the remainder of the season after surgery to repair a core muscle injury, Jrue Holiday will meet the bonus criteria for assists per game. After missing the bonus in 2017-18, Holiday will earn $255K for averaging at least 7.3 rebounds and appearing in 67 games. The New Orleans guard has now met four sets of bonus criteria in his contract- games played, minutes, rebounds and now assists. Holiday can also earn an additional $100K if he is named All-Defensive 1st or 2nd Team. His current cap hit for 2019-20 is now $26,231,111.
Will Guillory: Based on what Alvin Gentry just told us, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore eventually shut down for the rest of the season. He said the team will be “overly cautious” with them as they recover from injuries.
Will Guillory: The Pelicans announce Jrue Holiday has an abdominal strain and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days. Tough news for the Pels. pic.twitter.com/7YX6NNqOwh
Will Guillory: Tomorrow’s matchup against the Raptors will be the first game Jrue Holiday has missed due to injury since December 2016. The only game he missed last season was due to an illness. Pretty insane.
Tatum was already a known quantity at that point. As a senior at Chaminade Prep in St. Louis he was named a McDonald’s All-American and Gatorade’s national player of the year. But there is a sizable difference between facing scrawny 16-year-olds and facing NBA stars. And Tatum had not even suited up for Duke yet, so no one knew what to expect. Once the games began, though, it did not take him long to introduce himself to the unfamiliar. “He immediately stood out,” Holiday said. “He could do everything. You saw how he could shoot if someone at the next level was guarding him. He could make a play. He pretty much had all the talent and ability, so everybody pretty much knew he was going one-and-done.”
Justin, the oldest, went to Washington and worked his way through Europe and NBA summer-league rosters before finding a spot with the Golden State Warriors and winning an NBA title. Jrue played at UCLA before being drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers. Lauren ended up playing at UCLA. And Aaron, six years younger than Jrue, also starred at UCLA before being a first-round pick by Indiana last summer. “It’s cool,” Jrue said. “I guess, in reality, when I think about it, I’ll be sharing it with them for a while. To be able to play against them on the highest stage, it’s pretty cool. I can probably say something that 99% of the people [in the NBA] can’t say.”
Now that they’ve achieved the first part of their dream — making it to the NBA — all three Holidays have their eyes set on a second dream. The hope, they all said, is to figure out a way to all play on the same team, something that could only happen in the NBA because of how much younger Aaron is. Justin said he and Jrue tried to make it work two summers ago when Jrue signed a five-year, $125-million deal to stay in New Orleans. Justin, though, ended up signing in Chicago.
It’s what Shawn and Toya Holiday are used to — seeing their boys play basketball. Just now, they’re watching them in NBA arenas rather than their driveway in Chatsworth. “It’s a blessing,” Shawn Holiday said. “A lot of people dream and have dreams to do certain things, and a lot of times, they don’t come true. So, to see their dreams come true, all three in the league, and playing against each other — we pray one day they’re all on the same team. That’d be great. It’s just unbelievable. Totally an awesome feeling. It’s not something you can describe. It’s just something you have to experience. It’s really unbelievable.””
New Orleans Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry met with disgruntled star Anthony Davis this week and informed him the team would continue playing him but planned to cut his minutes. The Pelicans will also reduce the minutes of point guard Jrue Holiday, Ferry said Thursday. The team plans to give more minutes to young players as it focuses on the future. “You will see a reduction in Anthony’s minutes,” Ferry told reporters in New Orleans. “You’ll probably see Jrue’s minutes come down because his minutes have been so high all year.”
Davis mostly quieted the boo-birds – with the most notable exceptions being a few trips to the free-throw line – with a great performance. He scored 32 points on 11-for-15 shooting and a 10-for-11 mark at the line, while pulling down nine rebounds in just 25 minutes. “It’s kind of hard to boo somebody when he had like, 30 points in 20 minutes,” teammate Jrue Holiday quipped postgame while noting the decrease in boos throughout the game. Davis said the booing was awkward but added, “I don’t care, it doesn’t bother me.”
If the Pelicans eventually trade Davis for a package heavy on rebuilding assets, keep an eye on Holiday. He wants to be in a place where he can compete in the postseason and is waiting to see the Davis return, sources say.
No matter how redundant or ridiculous the inquiries, the responses from Davis’ teammates never wavered. “I love having Anthony around,” Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said. “It’s been fun playing with him, fighting and battling with him.”
Marc Stein: “Everybody on [the Pelicans] roster is now available except Jrue Holiday. Maybe we don’t get an Anthony Davis trade this week, but what else are the Pelicans gonna do? Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic – I would think those are two fairly tradable guys. I know Mirotic, for sure, has had no shortage of teams interested. We might not see an Anthony Davis trade, but the Pelicans are gonna make a trade this week, I think that’s a safe bet.”
But instead of the obvious conversation focused on Anthony Davis, who requested a trade Monday through his agent, Rich Paul, of Klutch Sports, Jrue Holiday and a couple of Pelicans argued the virtues of various fast-food franchises with the discussion delving as deep as lighting and ambiance. The scene only bolstered what Holiday would say seconds later. “Nothing has really changed,” Holiday told ESPN. “It’s just that people keep asking us the question: ‘Is it weird?'”
Still, the Davis situation doesn’t come without ripple effects, not just within the Pelicans’ organization, but probably league wide. Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that as part of discussions regarding Davis around the league, teams are now contacting New Orleans about possibly moving Holiday. But the Pelicans have indicated no interest in trading him.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Amid the Anthony Davis talks, teams calling on New Orleans’ next best player — guard Jrue Holiday — tell ESPN that the Pels are indicating no interest in moving him. Beyond this season, Holiday has three years, $77M left on deal through 2022.
Andy Larsen: A note: if Jazz acquire player with long term, big-money deal that has money in 2021-22 (say, Jrue Holiday), they could end up having to pay the luxury tax to retain that player + Mitchell + Gobert. But Miller ownership has given FO permission to enter tax in such a situation.
Would you take Conley over Holiday? Tony Jones: No I’d take jrue holiday but the jazz called on jrue and were told he’s not available.
According to sources, the Pelicans view Ball as a player who would become the starting point guard. They don’t see Jrue Holiday as a point guard because he “doesn’t want to be a point guard,” one source said. The sources said the Pelicans would play Ball 35 minutes a night and make sure he “would fit” in with New Orleans so he could become a star.
Jim Eichenhofer: Jrue Holiday on #Pelicans missing key players: “It’s a chance for (younger players to) showcase your talent. Sometimes we’re undersized, but we have to work harder, communicate even more, help each other even more on defense. It’s something we’ll have to work through together.”
Will Guillory: Gentry complimented Jrue Holiday’s competitiveness through all the injuries, saying he offered to defend Blake Griffin the other night and Pau Gasol tonight when things were going poorly
Holiday had just made the All-Star team. He was entering the first season of a four-year, $41 million extension that looked like a bargain — so much so that, as they were digesting the signing, Holiday stared at Dutt and asked him, “Why don’t you look happier?” Dutt thought Holiday could have gotten much more had he waited. Holiday thought $41 million was enough. Holiday was getting married to Lauren Cheney, a soccer star, in two weeks. She was in New Jersey with her club team, looking at homes near Philadelphia. “I thought I would be there the rest of my career,” Holiday says.
Holiday is quiet around the media with a low Q rating, but behind closed doors, he is ebullient and kind. Toya calls him the family therapist. “I’m a little more gentle when it comes to people’s feelings,” Holiday says. Stardom never inflated his ego. Holiday worked as the manager for the Campbell girls tennis team. He was friends with everyone. “He hung with the nerds,” says Graham Bousley, a Campbell teammate who now coaches at Siena.
He’s not exaggerating about the exhaustion thing. If he’s totally spent, Holiday sometimes takes more than an hour after games to decompress: he sits in silence at his locker for a bit, takes a long hot shower (some have recommended cold showers, but Holiday doesn’t like cold water), and uses a massage gun on sore areas for 30 minutes or so. When he goes home, he sometimes falls asleep within minutes. “I gotta find a way to cut his minutes,” Gentry says.
The Pels’ journey to Marin County began last October, when Jrue Holiday made a wine wager with Nikola Mirotic, promising to buy his teammate a bottle of wine every time the power forward scored 30 points or more. After posting back-to-back 30-plus point games to open the season, Mirotic earned himself a bottle of McEvoy Ranch Montepulciano 2014. Hearing the news, Samantha Dorsey, general manger at McEvoy, invited members of the team and coaching staff to the ranch, and last week, the team was town for a game against the Warriors with an off-day to spare. Dorsey and her staff hosted the tour and tasting, as well as a dinner prepared by McEvoy’s in-house chef.
But Walker has one in particular that he enjoys the most. Before beginning his career at the University of Connecticut and ascending into the college’s record books, Walker found himself among the young players showcased in the annual McDonald’s All-American game in Milwaukee in 2008. He was motoring on a fastbreak when he encountered Jrue Holiday, who’s now plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, at the rim. Let him tell the rest. “I was going up for the dunk regardless,” he said, “because I remember before the game, when we were at home when I was in high school, all my friends told me I’d better catch a dunk. So I was thinking I’m just going to catch this dunk and Jrue came out of nowhere trying to block me. Yeah, I just dunked it.”
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday knows his team’s best hope to championship contention is coveted by the competition. “I mean, everybody wants to [have Davis on their team],” Holiday said. “I don’t know anybody who doesn’t. To us, he’s our franchise player. He’s top three in the world.” Is it distracting to hear and read media speculation about Davis potentially leaving? “Nah. I feel like, y’all hear it. We don’t really hear it,” Holiday said. “The only teams I know about is Boston and the Lakers. But again, we don’t really pay attention to that.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry on defense being a key to win at Charlotte: “Any time you can look at Kemba (Walker’s) line and he goes 5 for 16 (shooting), I thought Jrue did a great job on him, because he’s been scoring like crazy lately.”
Scott Kushner: To be fair, some players left before the media could request them, or they weren’t requested at all. But the others, including Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, simply opted not to answer questions.
Oleh Kosel: “Its a lot to ask of one guy on your team.” — Alvin Gentry just now regarding Jrue Holiday’s responsibilities which include playing point guard full time. This, after admitting Jrue is at his best off the ball.
Oleh Kosel: Jrue Holiday excited by a question about E’Twaun Moore: “Thanks man, appreciate it. Yeah, he’s been hooping…Trying to get him off that curl, get him into the paint — he rarely misses. Or even just wide open threes, just be able to knock those in. Getting him started early.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Jrue Holiday on impact for him when Elfrid Payton returns: “My whole life I’ve been a combo guard. To have him back and take over the quote-unquote point guard position, it’s huge, because he’s really good at it, the way he can get into the paint and see things in the paint.”
For several months, Mirotic was mortified by the circumstances that got him to New Orleans. Last October, his jaw was fractured in an altercation with Bobby Portis at Bulls practice. The hot war turned cold for a couple of months, as Mirotic wasn’t eligible to be traded until Jan. 15. “When that s— happened, I was down,” Mirotic says. “Looking at it now, it was not a good experience. but it happened. Maybe it did happen, maybe for a reason. I ended up here, playing great, playing with AD, Jrue Holiday, having fun, finally finding myself. This is the best basketball I’ve ever played.”
Minnesota desperately tried to cobble together trade offers in the past week, including extensive discussions with New Orleans, league sources said. The Pelicans are limited on tradeable assets, but desperate to find star power to keep Anthony Davis for the long run. The Pelicans wouldn’t include point guard Jrue Holiday in its offer, nor multiple draft picks, league sources said.