Jrue Holiday is an All-Star.
The Sixers point guard was
selected Thursday by a vote of Eastern Conference coaches to be a reserve for
the NBA’s All-Star Game, to be played Feb. 17 in Houston.
It’s Holiday’s first
selection, though he played in the Rookie Challenge in 2011 as a
second-year guy the same weekend as the All-Star Game. It’s also the second straight year the Sixers will have a
representative in the All-Star Game, with Andre Iguodala making it a year ago.
“It shows you can really play,”
Holiday said the other day, of the potential of getting picked. “Not too many
people get to be all-stars. It’s huge to get recognized in that way and for a
few people to think of me as one of the best in the game this year is great.”
A fourth-year guard, Holiday is
averaging 19.0 points and 9.0 assists for the Sixers. Validating Holiday’s
status as an All-Star pick: He’s the only player in the league averaging at
least 19/9, and the Sixers (17-25) were winless in the four games he missed in
December with a left foot injury.
This week, Holiday said he
didn’t want to get too amped up for the possibility of getting chosen.
“I guess I’m the type where I
don’t get excited until it’s the actual day, the actual night when it’s going
to come,” he said. “My fiancée just keeps telling me, ‘I have a feeling.’ Come
Thursday, I might be a little on the edge of my seat.”
The rest of the East reserves are: Chicago's Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, Miami's Chris Bosh, Indiana's Paul George and New York's Tyson Chandler.
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