Philadelphia 76er Jrue Holiday Talks NBA Lockout, Playing Overseas and More

By Mike Santa Barbara

Philadelphia 76ers Point Guard Jrue Holiday was a guest of Jim Rome on ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning,” Thursday afternoon.

Holiday discussed his relationship with Sixers Head Coach Doug Collins, the growth of the 76ers and of course, the NBA lockout.

Holiday didn’t mince words when asked about how far apart the two sides were from an agreement.

“Um, they’re not close at all,” Holiday said. “All you can really do is laugh about it honestly. I don’t think they’re anywhere close.”

NBA Union Chief Billy Hunter stated earlier in the week that he didn’t believe there would be a 2011-12 NBA season. “I think it’ll be kind of similar to the last lockout,” said Holiday, referring to the 1998 NBA lockout which cost the NBA nearly half its season. “I think we kind of come in and play around December-January and have half the season.”

With the possibility of losing the entire NBA season, many players are starting to look for opportunities overseas. However, Holiday says he won’t be one of them, “A lot of guys if need be will go overseas, I’m not.”

The 76ers had a bounce back year in the 2010-11 NBA Season. Philadelphia lost to the eventual Eastern Conference Champions, the Miami Heat in highly competitive first round playoff series. A series which Holiday called the “highlight of my season.”

Holiday spoke about the growth of this young Sixers team, and how much of that credit goes to Head Coach Doug Collins. “He’s like my grandfather,” Holiday said. “I look up to him, I listen to what he says and he’s been in the game a long time, why not listen to him?”

On Collins’ passion for the game and his players, “He sweats more than I do once the games over; he puts everything on the line. You can tell he’s really passionate about our team and about the game.”

 It’s a shame we’ll have to wait until at least January to see Jrue play, or Doug coach.

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