NBA players all want to compete at the highest level and eventually help their teams bring home the Larry O’Brien trophy.But, sometimes the other parts of your life can be more important.
For New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, family is going to have to come first and that is absolutely the right decision at this time.
He will miss the beginning of the upcoming season to be with his pregnant wife as she recovers from brain surgery. Lauren Holiday, a retired soccer star on the United States Women’s National Team, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in late June.
The Pelicans’ floor general told the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “I’m obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else.”
Caring for family is his most critical priority during this time and the organisation is behind their player 100 percent. Coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps both released statements in support of the 26-year-old.
The baby is due in mid-October, but the family hopes to induce labour later this month. Then, the brain surgery is scheduled for six weeks after the delivery. That means that the former All-Star will be looking at missing significant time this season.
New Orleans will have to find some way to tread water until their second best player can return from handling this family business. One of E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway or Tim Frazier will have to step up in the absence of the starting point guard.
But, at this moment, basketball can wait and everybody down in the Big Easy can understand that. The most important thing is making sure that Holiday can fulfill his duties as a father and a husband. Then, basketball will take care of itself.