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Jrue Holiday appreciative of LeBron James’ expression of support

LeBron James took time just before Monday’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans to offer words of encouragement to Jrue Holiday.

The Pelicans point guard has been dealing with some unimaginable off-court issues this season, as his wife Lauren underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, only weeks after giving birth to the couple’s first child. Holiday took a brief leave of absence to be with his family.

Since his return, Holiday says several NBA players have reached out to offer their support. And James did the same before tip-off Monday night, tapping Holiday on the chest and offering a few words.

James mentioned after the game that he and his family have prayed for Holiday and his wife.

“This is a brotherhood, no matter if you’re on the same team or not, this is a fraternity,” James said of Holiday following the Cavs’ 90-82 win. “Our league is a fraternity. Any time someone’s family is going through a situation like that, you just hope the greater God above is looking out for him. So, I couldn’t wait to actually see him today.”

Holiday was quite touched by James’ on-court gesture, not to mention the prayers.

“Obviously to him, family means more than anything,” Holiday told ESPN. “And the same thing for me. So, the fact that they’ve been praying and supporting my wife is a blessing to me.”

To say that Holiday has had a difficult start to the 2016-17 NBA season would be an understatement. The fact that James joined several others who have expressed support has meant the world to Holiday.

“To know that this league and somebody of his caliber and the effect that he has on the game like he does can really have support for my family is awesome,” Holiday said.

Holiday, back with the Pelicans for about six weeks now, says he’s been able to focus on basketball a bit more now that his wife’s condition is steadily improving.

“She’s alive, and I’m blessed for that,” he said. “My daughter is OK. So, I’m happy.

“I’m doing well. My wife is a lot better so I’m doing a lot better.”