Jrue Holiday missed the start of the NBA season as his wife — Lauren, a former Team USA soccer player with a gold medal and a World Cup title to her name — first gave birth to their child, then underwent brain surgery for a tumor. With the team’s blessing, he stayed home through camp and the start of the season to do the more important job of supporting his family. Fortunately, both mother and child are doing well.
Holiday is back the team now and, not coincidentally, the Pelicans are suddenly moving into the hunt for the final playoff spot in the West.
Before the Pelicans took on the Cavaliers on Monday, LeBron James approached Holiday to him and gave him a little tap on the chest. Dave McMenamin of ESPN asked the participants about it.
“When we heard about it, me and my family and my wife heard about it, we were in L.A. at the time in the offseason and we automatically had a prayer for her,” James told ESPN of Holiday’s situation. “This is a brotherhood, no matter if you’re on the same team or not, this is a fraternity. Our league is a fraternity. Any time someone’s family is going through a situation like that, you just hope the greater God above is looking out for him. So, I couldn’t wait to actually see him today.”
“Obviously to him, family means more than anything,” Holiday told ESPN. “And the same thing for me. So, the fact that they’ve been praying and supporting my wife is a blessing to me.”
That’s a classy move by LeBron.
There are a lot of us out here happy to see Holiday back on the court, and not just because of his play.