‘Tis the season when players join with teammates in voluntary workouts, trying to develop some chemistry and get in shape before training camp starts. For example, the LeBron James is organizing those kinds of workouts for the Cavaliers next month.
Jrue Holiday is doing the same for the Pelicans right now (along with Anthony Davis and Quincy Pondexter). The good news, Holiday told the Pelicans’ official Web site, is that he is finally healthy and not restricted entering the season.
“There has been a major difference,” he said. “I haven’t had to key in on one injury. I haven’t had a major injury, so that I had to take most of my time and worry about that. This summer has been more like the summers before I was injured or had the stress reaction (in his right leg), where I can (now) do a lot of explosive things (athletically). It’s been great, feeling like I can do things with no restrictions, but at the same time being smart with the stuff I’m doing.”
Holiday averaged 16.8 points per game last season and had a PER of 19.3 — he was efficient and when the core was healthy he helped the Pelicans look dangerous. New Orleans just wasn’t healthy much. Holiday needs to stay healthy this season because while Norris Cole and Langston Galloway are behind as potential backups they don’t have anyone of the quality of a healthy Holiday.