Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

NEW PODCAST: Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans

THIS IS EPISODE 67 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Jrue Holiday is a starting guard for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to New Orleans in July of 2013.

An All-Star in 2013, Holiday is currently averaging a career-high 18 points per game, to go along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds.

In July 2013, Holiday married USA women’s national soccer team midfielder Lauren Chaney. The two first met at a UCLA women’s basketball game during his only season at the school. 

In September 2016, Holiday took an indefinite leave from the New Orleans Pelicans to take care of his wife, after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The following month, Lauren had brain surgery, just weeks after giving birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter, named Jrue Tyler Holiday.

On July 6, 2017, Jrue signed a 5-year, $126M contract to return to New Orleans.

On this episode of the podcast, Sports Spectrum’s Justin Adams talks with Jrue about where his faith in Christ began, how his prayer life has evolved and brought him closer to his wife during one of the scariest times in his life.

QUOTES:

“Ever since I was a little kid, I was in Sunday school.”

“Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, we would go to chapel and talk about things and share experiences together.”

“I started to reach more toward Him.”

“At that point, because myself and my wife are both believers, we did that together, we would pray together before we go to sleep at night, pray for our daughter, pray for our health. It brought us closer together.”

“Believing that God can heal any disease. He’s a miracle worker.”

“That’s what I do when I pray. Tell God what I need and thank Him for everything He’s done.”

You can follow Jrue on twitter @Jrue_Holiday11

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