February 15, 2013 |
DOUG COLLINS, age 61, is an analog coach in a digital league, an association of players who best communicate in binary. Jrue Holiday is one such player, as Collins quickly discovered. In 2011, as the Sixers entered their first-round playoff series against the Heat, perhaps the league's best defensive team and easily its highest-profile squad. Collins realized the Sixers' only hope lay in productive possessions. He also realized that his 20-year-old point guard would have to play as many as 40 minutes every night.
August 12, 2010
These two youngsters are clearly under the most pressure to deliver on the expectations. They are the face of hope for the Sixers. Veterans Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand make the most money by far, but Sixers fans are staking everything in Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner becoming the best backcourt since Maurice Cheeks and Andrew Toney. That's asking a lot of two kids who have a combined 51 NBA starts between them, and one of the two has zero. At 19, Holiday was the youngest player in the NBA last season, but once former coach Eddie Jordan gave him the ball for good, he began to show flashes of a top-notch floor general.
December 19, 2012 |
Assistant coach Aaron McKie spent about 20 minutes feeding Jrue Holiday the ball for stop-and-pop jump shots at 76ers practice on Monday. Coach Doug Collins was working out on an elliptical machine nearby. He said he did not notice. "I didn't pay it any attention," Collins said. "I was sort of in my own world on my elliptical, just thinking thoughts about how I can continue to try to get the best out of this team. We're in a little bit of a tough situation. He'll let me know how he's feeling.
November 1, 2012 |
Right before he took the court against Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, I chatted up Jrue Holiday in front of his locker about the approaching deadline for him to get an extension done with the Sixers. Holiday told me that Sixers had come back with an offer that he and his agent, Tony Dutt, felt comfortable signing – after the game. "Uh, yeah they came back with something," Holiday said. "I think Ty and Steph' (Stephen Curry in Golden State) getting their deals done kind of helped me out and I feel they want to get my deal done too. My agent is doing a good job of keeping me informed because I've got some other things to focus on. " Holiday didn't want to tell me what the numbers were on his deal prior to the deal – I guessed four years at $11 million per and he looked at me sort of cockeyed - but a little after midnight they had an agreement: four years for $41 million.
November 1, 2012 |
Jrue Holiday insists he hasn't put much thought into his contract status, even though the midnight hour is literally approaching. As a fourth-year player, the 76ers point guard has until midnight Wednesday to sign an extension. If not, he would become a restricted free agent after the season. As a restricted free agent, the Sixers would have the right to match any offers. Holiday is currently making $2.67 million this season. So whether a deal gets done or not, Holiday insists it won't alter his approach.
January 25, 2013 |
ON ONE of the biggest nights of his professional basketball career, 76ers guard Jrue Holiday went to the Flyers-Rangers hockey game. He wasn't glued to his television, anxiously awaiting word whether he had made his first All-Star Game or not. Instead, he was rooting for the Flyers as they notched their first win of the season. Holiday did have his phone ready, though, and right around 7 p.m. he got the news he was hoping for: that he would be representing the Eastern Conference during All-Star Weekend, held Feb. 15-17 in Houston.
June 26, 2009 |
With each selection of the NBA draft, the 76ers knew they were that much closer to landing Jrue Holiday, a projected lottery pick, at the 17th spot. Earlier in the night, general manager Ed Stefanski said, he had debated moving up for Holiday, the 6-foot-4, 19-year-old point guard from UCLA whom most analysts considered a top-10 pick. Stefanski soon realized that Holiday might last without the team's improving its position. And he did. "As it got further and further in the draft, there was a comfort level," Stefanski said.
February 18, 2011 |
Until he actually gets into the Staples Center, actually steps on the floor, Jrue Holiday remains more excited to see his family than to play in Friday's Rookie Challenge. Holiday, the 76ers' second-year point guard, is the team's only representative this weekend in his hometown of Los Angeles, site of NBA all-star weekend. In addition to seeing family, Holiday also seems concerned about the weather. "I'm excited to go home," Holiday said. "I'm excited to be home. I've heard it's been raining.
February 18, 2013 |
It's appropriate that in the city that produced R&B super group Boyz II Men, Jrue Holiday, the youngest 76er in franchise history to be named an all-star, is making that same transformation right before our eyes. The transformation on the public stage is obvious. It began with the Sixers selecting an 18-year-old Holiday with the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft following his freshman season at UCLA. In the three years since, Holiday has gone from a player who sometimes didn't even dress for games as a rookie to where he is now - appearing Sunday in his first NBA All-Star Game in Houston.