Marquee Boston Celtics offseason addition Jrue Holiday has had a “speedy” learning curve thus far in a Cs uniform according to MassLive’s Brian Robb; who added that this comes amidst the uncertainty of his role.
“The learning curve on the floor has been speedy as well with Holiday doing a little bit of everything (10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals vs. Knicks) as he cycles through different roles,” Robb prefaced before saying, “While it remains to be seen whether he will start or come off the bench as a sixth man, Joe Mazzulla loves how he’s adjusting.”
Holiday has started two games for the Celtics in the preseason thus far, sitting the one game Boston played at full strength in favor of Al Horford. Joe Mazzulla will likely aim to keep Horford on the floor as much as possible with Kristaps Porzingis to complement him in the same way Daniel Gafford did during the 2022-23 season for the Washington Wizards — since even with the New York Knicks to begin his career, Porzingis did his best work alongside another big.
Kristaps Porzingis on his fellow Boston Celtics newcomer, Jrue Holiday
Porzingis has been impressed with Holiday since his arrival to the Boston Celtics organization. The Latvian lauded Holiday for being able to transition so quickly from being on one of the C’s primary Eastern Conference Rivals, the Milwaukee Bucks.
“Yeah, honestly, since he got here, he’s been looking for me in practices and games and we’ve been all kind of putting in our minds that we want to play for each other,” Porzingis said on October 17. “We wanna enjoy each other’s success and Jrue has been phenomenal, from the moment that he got here.
“Just thinking about his situation getting traded from one of the biggest rivals to the rival team, it’s crazy. He was able to jump in with us and just be a great teammate from the first moment he got there and just be the same dog that he is on defense and then, making the game easy for me and for us offensively also. He’s been nothing but awesome with us.”
From the sounds of it, Holiday is accepting any role Mazzulla is asking of him on any given day. That’s championship behavior.