You might not recognize Jrue Holiday this season. When the Pelicans point guard returns to the court for training camp, there’s a chance he’ll be accessorizing for the first time, sporting a pair of goggles to protect the metal plate inserted below his eye after he fractured his right interior orbital wall late last season. It’s not a requirement, the doctors tell him. But Holiday wants to play it safe. “If the goggles are cool-looking and I can start a trend, why not wear them?” Holiday said on a conference call Tuesday. “But seriously, obviously I don’t want to get hit in my eye again. Obviously that was kind of a freak accident, which probably getting hit in your eye probably happens more often than not. (I’m) really just taking preventative measures." The look would be “a first,” said Holiday, who said he’s never worn goggles or a mask. His hardly would be the only unfamiliar face on the Pelicans. These days Holiday is in Los Angeles acquainting himself with a host of new teammates. He and fellow returnees Anthony Davis and Quincy Pondexter organized the team’s second straight summer of workouts in Los Angeles. Among those in attendance — Holiday didn’t provide a full list — are free-agent signees Langston Galloway and Terrence Jones and rookie Buddy Hield, along with New Orleans holdovers Holiday, Davis, Pondexter and Alexis Ajinca. It’s a logical arrangement, given how many of the Pelicans — Holiday, Davis, Jones, Galloway and Solomon Hill among them — already spend part of the offseason working with private trainers in Los Angeles.
Jrue Holiday eyes bonding opportunity as Pelicans gather in Los Angeles
The Advocate | Aug 17