After spending the first four years of his professional career with the Philadelphia 76ers, Jrue Holiday was part of a draft-night trade that landed him with the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite having never played a game for the New Orleans franchise, the All-Star point guard was given the honor of delivering the pre-game welcome to the fans in attendance at New Orleans Arena for the Pelicans' season opener against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
It didn't go so hot:
To be fair, Holiday is certainly not the first person to call the Pelicans the wrong name; it's just that most of the rest of us make our mistake by calling them the Hornets. (Which I still do. A lot. It's early in the season, though.) And I'm sure the Pelicans backers appreciated being welcomed on behalf of the Sixers. It's usually nice to be welcomed, no matter who is doing the welcoming.
Still, I'm guessing this wasn't exactly how Holiday envisioned his career in New Orleans starting. Scoring the first points in Pelicans history with a pair of free throws at the 10:06 mark of the first quarter, though? That's a bit more like it. Way to bounce back, Jrue. That's the calm of a veteran triggerman, right there.
Video via ben01.
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