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Bird Feed: Jrue Holiday has procedure to remove troublesome screw

In addition, Quincy Pondexter undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

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Per John Reid at Nola.com:

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to remove a screw from his surgically repaired lower right leg.

It is the second consecutive year, Holiday has required surgery to be performed on his lower right leg. Last year, Holiday had surgery to implant a steel rod in his right tibia after suffering a stress fracture.

Last week, Holiday said the screw was put in to hold the steel rod in his right leg.

''I have one screw and I want to get that out but they don't have to,'' Holiday said last week. ''I don't think (screw) is necessary anymore. They put the screw in to hold the rod. It's just a little procedure where I'll get the screw out. I just want to get healthy.''

The Bird Writes is happy to hear Holiday had this procedure done as he stated in his exit interview a little over a week ago that this was the plan to be executed sometime during the off-season. Hopefully, this step removes all the continuous pain he suffered through well past his recovery timeline.

I have to mention that I can't help but find the title of Reid's article a bit disingenuous. It connotates he had suffered some sort of disheartening setback with the words, "surgery again" rather than going through a routine procedure. Oh well, I guess it's en vogue to post a #ClickBait headline during the off-season.

EDIT: On a second read through, I just noticed this:

The team also announced on Wednesday that starting small forward Quincy Pondexter underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Q-Pon only gets a single sentence?

Here and here are the official press releases via Pelicans.com:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that forward Quincy Pondexter underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. A timetable for his return to basketball activities will be announced in the near future.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday underwent successful surgery to remove a screw from a previously placed rod in his lower right leg, the team announced today. A timetable for his return to basketball activities will be determined at a later date.