Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry delivered a speech at the team’s 3-Point Club dinner on Thursday night, and reportedly said that Holiday, 25, will be handled with care this season to avoid the re-injury of his surgically repaired right tibia.
Holiday, a 2013 All-Star, originally sustained the injury in February 2014, and underwent season-ending surgery that forced him to miss the final 34 games that year.
When Holiday’s workload was not limited at the beginning of last season, his tibia was re-aggravated, which kept him sidelined for 42 games from February to April. In May, Holiday had surgery to remove a screw in his tibia.
At the dinner, Gentry also told Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate that Holiday will likely see a total of 10 minutes per game at the start of the preseason. He later added that if Holiday can handle multiple short stretches totaling 10 minutes to start, that he will likely transition to straight spans of action.
In six NBA seasons, Holiday has averaged 13.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans open the 2015–16 season on Oct. 27 against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
- Kayla Lombardo