Like a Holiday for rookie All-Star

Posted: February 17, 2013

The following is a post by

Bob Cooney from the Daily News' Sixers blog, Sixerville:

HOUSTON - To many, Jrue Holiday is still a kid. At 22, he sort of is, and he was acting it Friday. That's because he was being paraded around Houston with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. For once, he wasn't an opponent of those stars, he was a peer, a fellow All-Star. And you couldn't wipe the smile off Holiday's face.

"It's crazy, the attention that you get is kind of overwhelming," he said. "You get in there [a back room] and you're hanging with all the guys, LeBron and them . . . I mean, K.G.'s [Kevin Garnett] been doing this for, like, 15 years. It's cool to see how they handle and react to it. I'm just trying to suck it all in. I'm a goofball, so I'll be goofing around. If my man E.T. [Evan Turner] was here, it would have been a lot more fun."

He is also happy to learn any lessons he can about being a better player, saying he looks up to Western Conference starter Chris Paul.

"The last time that we played them, I think that is something I tried to take from him, how he talks so much," Holiday said. "He never shuts up, he never stops talking. He's always pulling out his mouthpiece. Obviously, being a leader, he's the kind of guy to do that."

The Clippers' Paul will start at point guard for the West, while the starting spot for the East that went to Boston's Rajon Rondo now will go to Chris Bosh, with Rondo out with a knee injury. That role could have fallen to Holiday, but coach Erik Spoelstra decided on giving the nod to Bosh.

As for how he'll perform on Sunday, Holiday says he will be happy playing a supporting role.

"I haven't really figured that out, yet. Right now, I'm just thinking that I'll give it up to the guys who are the scorers. Obviously, there are guys who put up big numbers, and I'm a passer anyway."

With NBA royalty throughout Houston this weekend, Holiday doesn't really have a list or a favorite with whom he'd like to meet.

"I've met a lot of them before," he said. "I guess being in this world you get a lot of chances to talk with a lot of great guys. Walt Frazier and Clyde Drexler - it's a great opportunity. I'm not starstruck anymore. I was just in a room with LeBron, Dwyane Wade and K.G. and Carmelo [Anthony] and they're goofing off. They're goofing off like they've been here a million times, and I'm just sitting there, like, 'This is cool. I'm an All-Star. I'm with the best of the best.' To them, it's like it's just another All-Star game."

Hall of Fame

Nominees for this year's Hall of Fame class were announced and among them were some with Philadelphia ties: former Sixer and current Oklahoma City assistant coach Maurice Cheeks, who has been nominated previously, and Dobbins Tech product and U.S. Olympian Dawn Staley. They will find out whether they made the Hall during the Final Four weekend.

Villanova star George Raveling will be admitted for lifetime achievement.


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