Several news-worthy items regarding the New Orleans Pelicans were announced today. First, Jrue Holiday claims he feels 100% physically, but he may still decide to sport a different look for next season.
Jrue Holiday said he's 100 percent but may wear goggles this season on the floor for the #Pelicans.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) August 16, 2016
As you may remember, his season ended prematurely in March against the New York Knicks after sustaining an orbital eye fracture thanks to an inadvertent Kristaps Porzingis elbow. It is important to note that Holiday is pondering the idea of wearing goggles for peace of mind, not because of any recommendations from doctors.
Doctors say Holiday doesn’t have to wear goggles, but he wants to play it safe. And I say why not, because... pic.twitter.com/w58s0BKqGT— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) August 16, 2016
There have been numerous players that have recently donned protective eyewear, Amare Stoudemire, Kirk Hinrich and Dwyane Wade, just to name a few. However, going back further in history, goggles were once much more prevalent. For instance, some of the most famous Los Angeles Lakers made goggles an essential part of their uniform like James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kurt Rambis.
In other news, Holiday also corroborated the fact that a number of team personnel are currently in Los Angeles, California. He added that in addition to preparing for the upcoming season, the team is also spending time together away from the gym.
Jrue Holiday with group of #Pelicans players in L.A. Goal is "getting to know each other, trying to get team chemistry on and off the court"— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) August 16, 2016
For instance, the participants all went to Maestro’s, a steakhouse in Beverley Hills, last night and plan to go bowling tonight.
Holiday stated that Anthony Davis looks good and is following the instruction of trainers. He also indicated that Davis should be ready for the start of training camp.
At this time, it’s unclear as to the exact list of Pelicans in attendance, but it is believed Holiday, Davis and Quincy Pondexter are known to have organized the event, similar to one year ago.