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Steve Nash says Sixers Jrue Holiday should be an All-Star

Jan 2, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

Steve Nash, Jrue Holiday AP

Is Jrue Holiday an All-Star player?

Holiday wants to be and after he dropped 26 points and 10 assists on the Lakers Tuesday night Steve Nash told the Los Angeles Times he thinks Holiday should be. (Insert your own joke about playing like an All-Star against Steve Nash’s defense here.)

“Obviously they’re a different team with him. We beat them at their place by 20 without him,” Nash said (the margin was actually 13 points in the December meeting, 111-98). “I think he gives them obviously a very talented players but he also makes guys around him better. He makes it more difficult for you to guard [Evan] Turner, [Jason] Richardson and the other guys on the perimeter….

“He’s a terrific player,” Nash said. “He’s an All-Star this year.”

Holiday is having the best year of his career, having to take on a lot more offensive load with Andre Iguodala in the Rockies and Andrew Bynum in a rehab facility (or bowling or wherever). It’s not just that he had to take on more shots, it’s that he’s hitting them at a higher percentage than ever (45.4) and getting to the line more often. He is scoring 17.6 points a game and dishing out 8.9 assists per contest. His PER is a career best 18.7.

But All-Star in the East?

It’s close. There will probably be five or so backcourt players on the East roster and the fans are voting Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in as the starters (Holiday is eighth on that list).

After that who do you put in? I would probably go Kyrie Irving, Monta Ellis and Holiday. But I could be swayed another direction. Is Holiday better than the slumping Deron Williams? What about Raymond Felton (who should be back from his broken finger around the All-Star Game)? Lou Williams has been playing well in Atlanta. Kemba Walker is putting up numbers as a Bobcat.

It’s tight. But Holiday is close. And he got one big endorsement.

  1. bleed4philly - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM


  2. progress2011 - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Holiday is an up and coming “Hot Prospect”


    EVERYBODY looks like an All Star, when Nash is trying to check them !

    CP3, Westbrook, Parker, Ty Lawson, Lillard and others are practicing all their highlight moves they will do, when Nash attempts to check them……IF, IF, IF the Fakers make it to the Playoffs !


    • bozosforall - Jan 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      And every guy looks straight next to “progress2011”.

      • progress2011 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        BOZO…poor bozo !!!

        The realization that the FAKERS have ZERO chance of winning 70 games, as so many of the UNEDUCATED Faker Nation predicted, is slapping you in the face.

        I’m simply here to add SALT to your oozing wounds and crushed dreams of la-la land.

        The CBA is already working…It is preventing teams like l.a. to PURCHASE chips.

        Your WEAK attempt to insult me, was predictable….basic psychology 101.

        I’ll be back….going to get more salt,wait here…..ahahahahahahaha

      • bozosforall - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:33 AM

        The joke is on you, hyena boy. You sound just like the idiot chucklehead that we all know that you are. Run Forrest Run, before your boyfriend Bubba from jail gets your bunghole greased up for another go at you. Come back when your team has FIVE titles in this millenium.

      • progress2011 - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        BOZO…..It’s so easy to push your buttons and make you make a TOTAL ARSE of yourself !!!

        Do you have any FACTS to add to the conversation to support your teams ongoing SPANKINGS by mediocre talent….ahahahaha

      • bozosforall - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        The only ARSE that I see here is YOURS…sticking up high in the air for your boyfriend to plug with man meat.

    • nativetexan2012 - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      You are so hilarious. It’s easy to parrot cliches, but basketball analysts are singing a different tune. They are praising Nash for his effort on defense. Obviously, he’s never going to be on the All-Defensive team, but his defense has not been the reason the Lakers are losing games. There has been a lot of bad defense from the whole team. Who do you know who can stop CP3, Westbrook, Ty Lawson, etc. one on one? Let me tell you, no one is going to consistently defend these players one on one, although there are a few players who excel on the defensive end. How good do you think any of these elite PGs are at stopping Steve Nash? The players you mentioned all have great respect for Steve Nash. If you’ll take a look at Holiday’s numbers he has been playing like an All-Star. He has a triple-double already tonight, and the game isn’t even over. Why don’t you try and get some new material. What you are using is stale.

  3. tfoz5150 - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Thanks Steve!

  4. tfoz5150 - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Seriously though he’s definitely playing at an all-star level this year, but the problem is that the east is stacked when it comes to back court players. So some pretty big names will have to be snubbed for him to get his first shot.

    • dal24la - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Unfortunately he’s going to get snubbed over Rondo despite being more worthy.

  5. thesixersbench - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    According to Ira Winderman, the Sixers re-signing Holiday (4 years, 40 mil) was an expensive gamble.

    This is why Ira Winderman reports on what other people say and do – instead of moving mountains himself ( or shaping organizations, if that metaphor is too much).

    As Mark Cuban said…

    “What I have learned in 11 years in the sports business is that the dumbest guys in the room are always the media guys. Some do a decent job of reporting, most just spew opinions. And those opinions change more often than they brush their teeth. So what the media was saying was of zero impact or influence on what i was going to do. Listening to the media only increases your odds of failing at whatever you are doing. So I ignore them.”

  6. bucrightoff - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    How good could the Sixers be if Bynum ever gets his isht together? A bit more depth and that’s a damn scary team.

  7. ricoq45 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    the true! finally!

  8. paulhargis53 - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Quote ancient movies? check.
    Have homoerotic fantasies,and insert them in your posts? check.
    Talk about past titles? check.

    Bozo, you’re still at the same old shtick?

    You’re tired and boring. I’ve been gone 2 weeks and you’re still posting the same old tripe you always are. You need to evolve and grow.
    Actually, you should actually just get yourself a shank of rope, grab a chair, stick your head in the loop , and let gravity do its work. The sound of your heels clicking together in agony would be far more entertaing than anything you type.

  9. macjacmccoy - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Jrue is a hell of a player and I have enjoyed watching him grow over the years. But I dont think hes ready yet to be considered an all star . Whats holding him back is his turnovers. Just look at last nights game and you’ll see what im talking about. He puts up a triple double but turns the ball over 6 times including at the end of the game with his team down by 2 a play that directly lead to their loss. When he gets those under control , which I have all the faith in the world that he will, then I will consider him an all star.
    Even though none of that really matters when discussing an NBA All-Star game. You can be a bum or 5 years past all star caliber play and still make it to the all star game in the NBA as long as your name is recognizable enough or your Asian.

  10. paulhargis53 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    progress, do you think bozo/lakerluver has a stiff member when he types those posts of his? They ate just too graphic for him to not have experienced in real life-and liked it.
    Careful, I think he has a crush on you.

  11. mazblast - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Nash never could play defense, Kobe doesn’t want to, Metta isn’t nearly what he was, Gasol barely could now can’t, and Dwight looks hobbled and slow. Combine with a coach who doesn’t have much if any regard for that side of the ball, and…

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