Jrue Holiday Hopes to Be Named an NBA All-Star

Last night in Los Angeles, Jrue Holiday certainly played like an All-Star, as he tore up the Lakers to the tune of 26 points and 10 assists in a Philadelphia Sixers victory. Prior to the game, Holiday once again talked about his desire to make the All-Star roster. Per the Philly Daily News: “People ask me if I would like to make the All-Star team,’ he said. ‘I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t? I guess I really don’t think about it. Going into games, it’s not like I’m thinking about scoring or doing other things for me individually. I really just try to go out and win every game, and if that means me scoring two points and Nick [Young] scoring 30 or Dorell [Wright] scoring 15, as long as we get the win I’m happy.’ While the voting is updated every week, Holiday says he doesn’t really keep an eye on the tallies. As of the latest release on Thursday, he is eighth in backcourt voting. ‘I don’t keep an eye on the voting,’ he said. ‘I can’t, because I’d be mad, because I’m a competitor and there’s probably people ahead of me I feel I’m better than, but I know they have more votes than I do. It could be popularity, whatever it is. I can’t look at it.’ Besides his stellar play, which has led to averages of 18.6 points and 8.9 assists, Holiday’s chances of his first All-Star appearance are better, because fellow point guards Derrick Rose (Chicago) and John Wall (Washington) have missed all season because of injury and Irving (Cleveland) also has missed significant time. ‘It’s very possible,’ Holiday said with a laugh. ‘I just pray to God that they stay out and I get a chance to be an All-Star.’ His teammates unanimously agree he belongs.”