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Best Game Ever: Jrue Holiday praises church league basketball

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.

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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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