Pelicans news: Alvin Gentry has talk with Jrue Holiday, wants him to focus on being himself
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Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has talk with Jrue Holiday, wants him to focus on being himself

Pelicans, Alvin Gentry, Jrue Holiday

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry had a talk with point guard Jrue Holiday on Tuesday amid the guard’s struggles to begin the season.

Gentry wants Holiday to just focus on being himself. The Pelicans coach believes Holiday is putting a bit too much on himself to get everyone else involved, via Scott Kushner of The Times Picayune.

Holiday is a really good player, but he hasn’t been himself this season yet. He’s averaging just 14.6 points per game and shooting 36.4 percent from the field, 23.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Superstar Anthony Davis is gone and rookie Zion Williamson is out with a knee injury. So, Holiday is the main option for the Pelicans right now on offense, and he’s struggling in that role. As a result, the Pelicans are only 2-8 on the season.

Last season for New Orleans, Holiday put up 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the floor, 32.5 percent from the 3-point line and 76.8 percent from the charity stripe. The Pelicans need that version of Holiday to return if they want to get their season back on track.

Williamson is expected to play this season, but we don’t know when the No. 1 overall pick will make his season debut. Until then, Holiday has to get it together and improve his play on offense.