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.
Followed up with Gentry. He says probably 10 minutes for Holiday to start preseason and then they'll see where it goes from there.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) September 25, 2015
Gentry said if Holiday can go 10 minutes to start, he’ll most likely come in and play a straight 10 minutes, not multiple short stretches.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) September 25, 2015
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.
Gentry: "You're gonna see the best Eric Gordon since he's been here."— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) September 25, 2015
When asked tonight if Anderson can play the 3, Gentry said no & that Cunningham would likely fill that role (off the bench, I'm assuming).— Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) September 25, 2015
Gentry: Notion of AD becoming a three-point shooter is overblown. Free to shoot some, "but he's not gonna become Steph Curry."— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) September 25, 2015
Gentry says Pelicans will "very rarely" practice for more than 40 minutes at a time.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) September 25, 2015