My guest today is Jrue Holiday, guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, 2013 NBA All-Star, and an 11-year league veteran. Jrue is highly respected in the league as a selfless player on and off the court, as well as a caring husband, father, and friend. Jrue and I discussed how life in the NBA has changed over the course of his career, what being a rookie in the NBA is like, and how he, his wife, and his team go about helping those in need. We also discussed his pregame rituals and his training ideology. It was quite a treat to get 45 minutes, uninterrupted, with an athlete of Jrue’s caliber. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode.
3:00 – NBA Life & Training Right Now “This is my 11th NBA season, so I think I’ve been around the block a couple times. I think I do a pretty go job of knowing what ‘ready’ is and how ready you can actually be.”
8:00 – Building a Team Bond “When it gets down to the court, and even in heated moments, I’m an open ear to people telling me what they think and what they feel. My way isn’t always right and I understand that.”
15:00 – Being a Rookie in the NBA “For [Zion Williamson] there is so much pressure because of social media, because of all the outlets now. Because you have so much access to a player, the pressure is much more now than it was when I first entered the NBA.”
23:00 – Helping People “I love providing for [my wife and daughter] and it I didn’t have anyone to provide for, then what am I really doing?”
34:00 – Working Out before Games “A lot of it is activation. A lot of it is tending to nagging injuries you might have… working out energizes me and gets my juices going instead of being stagnant from morning too gamete.”
43:00 – Room to Improve “That’s fun for me – being able to know I can still grow and get better.”