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Jrue Holiday will have a severe minutes restriction at the start of the season

The 3 Point Club of New Orleans hosted a dinner event Thursday night with Alvin Gentry as host and he spoke about the upcoming Pelicans season.

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Negative news continues to follow Jrue Holiday and tonight we learned just how limited he will be for at least the first few months of the season. According to several tweets by attendees of Alvin Gentry's function, Holiday will be restricted to 10 minutes a game during the preseason, and then will likely only see 15 minutes a game until the start of the next calendar year.

Earlier in the day, I spoke with Mike Guevara, Holiday's personal trainer from The Factory out in the San Fernando Valley, and he went into a lot of detail about Holiday's situation. The specifics of that conversation will be divulged tomorrow, but for now, I want to emphasize that today's news shouldn't be taken as devastating or cataclysmic.

At the start of last season, Holiday had no such restrictions and averaged over 34 minutes a game during the first few months. In hindsight, that wasn't a wise move as the Pelicans suffered the consequences, evidenced by Holiday's diagnosis of a stress reaction in January. He would go on to remain hampered by his right tibia for the rest of the season.

This time around, the Pelicans are taking a much more cautious approach, having learned from their mistake. The plan is to gradually build up his activity and he'll likely have to meet a number of checkpoints before his restrictions are lessened.

The information from Brett Dawson and Jennifer Hale seem to echo these sentiments. Instead of pushing Holiday from the start and risking another enormous setback, the Pelicans have reversed course and will take an approach that hopefully guarantees Holiday's availability towards the end of the season and another possible playoff berth.

In other news, Gentry spoke more in-depth about the rest of the team's personnel and the upcoming season.