Jrue Holiday Didn’t Think he Would Make the All-Star Team this Soon, is Optimistic About Andrew Bynum ReturningJanuary 28, 2013 – 6:30 am by Steven Cuce
Last week Jrue Holiday was named as one of the seven reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. The 76ers point guard is one of five first-time selections on the Eastern Conference team. He’s also the youngest 76er ever to be named to the team. Holiday is excited about the selection and looking to help the 76ers finish strong at the end of the first half of the season.
Jrue Holiday joined 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia with Mike Missanelli to discuss making the Eastern Conference All-Star team, learning from players like Deron Williams and Chris Paul on Team USA, the improvements he wanted to make in his game coming into this season, being optimistic about Andrew Bynum returning to the 76ers this season and what Bynum has said about returning to the 76ers.
How do you feel about making the Eastern Conference All-Star team?
“I didn’t think it would be this soon, honestly. Words can’t explain man.”
What exactly did you learn from the players on Team USA that you took into this season?
“Honestly, with picking guys’ brains that people are All-Stars for a reason. When you go into practice with Deron Williams and Chris Paul and you come off the screen and roll and it just make your teams better. These are some things I tried to learn, especially playing against them. Playing against them I am really in the action. I actually get to play it out rather than sitting back and look.”
When you came in this year what was the one thing you really wanted to improve in your game?
“Honestly it was my screen-and-roll game. My mid-range jumper was OK from last year and my three-point game was OK from last year. You can always get better on shooting, so shooting is part of the regiment. Just coming off screen and rolls and my IQ of the game just trying to become better, so being a little stronger and more explosive to get to the free-throw line.”
Are you optimistic that Andrew Bynum will be back soon and you can play with the team that was constructed for you?
“I think I am very optimistic, but at the same time it’s not like we are trying to rely on Andrew Bynum to come back. Obviously, for me personally, I just want Andrew Bynum to be healthy. We know he’s had a lot of injuries over his career, so coming back we want him as healthy as possible and just because we go deep into the playoffs or whatever, we want him to stay strong. We don’t want him to be in and out.”
What’s Bynum saying to you guys about coming back?
“He obviously wants to play. He’s obviously working as hard as he can. I guess we really don’t ask him anymore like when he thinks he is coming back. We just kind of figure whenever he is ready. Obviously he’s on the court and on the treadmill and everything, which are all good times, I kind of feel like if we keep burdening him like, ‘Alright bro, when are you coming back?’ That will take him away from it.”