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February 25, 2016: New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) drives to the basket during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. (Photograph by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)

Jrue Holiday to miss start of season as wife faces brain surgery

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Some very sad NBA news to report this morning.

New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Jrue Holiday will miss the start of the 2016-2017 regular season to be by the side of his pregnant wife, who faces brain surgery, according to a Sunday morning report from Jeff Duncan of the NOLA.com. Jrue’s wife, Lauren, who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. women’s soccer team, was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in June.

Thankfully, the tumor is operable and does not pose a threat to the couple’s unborn daughter. The operation, however, cannot take place until after the child is born. Lauren is due to have the child in mid-October.

Doctors are also confident that Lauren will return to full health.

Due to the unfortunate circumstances, Jrue will obviously be out of the Pelicans’ lineup indefinitely.

“My family comes before basketball,” said Holiday. “I’m obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else.”

Jrue is asking for everyone’s prayers as well.

“We just ask for your prayers, really pray for my family,” added the 26-year-old. “We can take all the prayers that we can get.”

Holiday will remain on New Orleans’ active roster while away, however.

Fellow Pelicans’ guards such as Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, E’Twaun Moore and Tim Frazier will need to step up in his absence.

Let’s hope for a full recovery for the Holidays.

Jrue Holiday to miss start of season as wife faces brain surgery

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