Off the Court: Jrue Holiday (12/9/13)

by Jim Eichenhofer

Off the Court: Jrue Holiday


After playing each of his first four pro seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Jrue Holiday came to the New Orleans Pelicans in a summer 2013 trade. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound point guard was selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star last season. Here’s more from the California native on some of his background:

jrue_holiday_off_the_court_277x400.jpgBest moment as an athlete: “In high school, I broke a backboard on a dunk. We were in some tournament in California and we were playing a game of knockout. I went up to dunk it and broke the backboard. I still have pieces of the glass.”
How he chose his uniform number of 11: “My brother Justin’s number in college and his whole life was 22, so 11 is half of that. Before my favorite number was 21, which I wore in college at UCLA.”
One thing fans might be surprised to know about him: “I can play the drums and the piano.”
Favorite thing about New Orleans: “The food.”
Pregame ritual: “I don’t have a set routine. I actually try to change up my pregame routine on purpose, so maybe that’s a superstition?”
First job: “NBA player.”
Favorite athletes as a kid: “Tracy McGrady, Magic Johnson.”
What he’d be doing if he weren’t an NBA player: “Probably doing something in basketball, helping kids or coaching in high school.”
Closest friend on another NBA team: “Evan Turner from Philadelphia.”
Favorite type of music: “I’ll listen to anything. I’m actually into country now, too.”
Favorite TV show: “Big Bang Theory.”
Favorite websites: “Sneaker websites.”