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Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday appears to be recovering well from core muscle injury

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday appears to be recovering well from his core muscle surgery.

Performance coach Mike G uploaded a video of Holiday doing some strength training on Thursday. Holiday was doing some lunges on the Smith machine.

Holiday underwent season-ending core muscle surgery in Philadelphia on March 26th. He sustained a lower abdominal strain on March 6th, as a result missing the remainder of the regular season. Dr. William Meyers, a renowned sports hernia specialist, performed the surgery. According to Lopez, doctors gave Holiday the green light to resume basketball-related activities six weeks after the surgery.

Holiday enjoyed a breakout year with the Pelicans in the 2018-19 season. He averaged career-highs of 21.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while his 1.6 steals per game tied a career-high. He also registered 7.7 assists per game, the third-highest average of his 10-year career.

The 28-year-old Holiday has earned a reputation as one of the best two-way players in all of basketball. Not only does he score in a variety of ways, but he’s also a top-notch defender, always drawing the opposition’s top perimeter player. Bear in mind, Holiday made it to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2018.

Based on the Twitter video, it seems Holiday is progressing at a fast rate, well on track toward being a full participant in New Orleans’ training camp come September. If he maintains a clean bill of health and takes just one more small step forward offensively, don’t be surprised if Holiday represents the Pelicans in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.