Best Game Ever: Jrue Holiday praises church league basketball

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday leads a fastbreak during a game against the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 22.
(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

Dan Woike asked NBA players to tell us about the best game in their basketball career. This week: Jrue Holiday.

2015 offseason, Porter Ranch, Calif.

Most players search their minds for the game they hit the big shot, the night they couldn’t miss, the time they overcame some obstacle. Holiday had a different answer. The New Orleans Pelicans guard, who played with brothers Justin and Aaron and sister Lauren while growing up in Chatsworth, tried to describe a moment about the joy of playing basketball.


“It has to be a church league game at Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch. I got to play with Justin. I’m not sure if Aaron played. But you have some NBA players going there to do whatever, but this was just friends. It was a really, really good time. It’s just something I’ve always enjoyed doing, going to the church league and playing. The gym’s pretty normal, a normal-sized gym without the NBA [three-point line]. There are guys in there who can really play. But at the same time, it’s just fun. I enjoy basketball. ... I enjoy the whole thing about it.”

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