Jrue Holiday Wearing Down?
This season has been a major disappointment for the Philadelphia 76ers. After losing Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, and Jason Richardson for Andrew Bynum, there was hope in Philly that Bynum and Jrue Holiday could lead the team to new heights. However, Andrew Bynum’s knees had other plans. He will go the entire 2012-2013 season without playing a single minute, and is a free agent this summer.
With a thin team, the team has looked to Jrue Holiday to carry a heavy load. With just a few games left, the wear and tear is evident. Via philly.com:
“It’s been tiring, obviously. I won’t lie,” said Holiday, who has shot 12-for-55 (21.8 percent) over his past three games, including a 2-for-24 stinker at Charlotte. “It’s my first time really going through a season where you’re averaging more than 35 minutes. It’s about taking care of yourself. There’s a lot of things that I can’t do that other people probably can. I’m sleeping all day instead of waking up and going out and watching a movie or something. I’m in bed all day.”
And the mental fatigue?
“That’s something that you also have to learn,” Holiday said. “I was talking to the vets, like Damien [Wilkins] and Dorell [Wright] and all the guys that have been here and been on good and bad teams and really just going through that struggle. It’s just something new and something I’m trying to get through.”
The 22-year-old point guard has logged 38.4 minutes per game in his 72 games this season, the highest minute average of his 4 year career. The 76ers are out of the playoff race, a scenario they certainly didn’t envision after trading for Andrew Bynum.
It’s unclear what direction the franchise may choose to go, but it appears that Jrue Holiday is one of their building blocks. And if he wants to be a star, he better get used to playing big time minutes, both in the regular season and the postseason.
-Mark Evans, Assistant Manager/Editor of Content
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