New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday will be out to begin the season next month in order to care for his wife and daughter.

Jrue's wife, Lauren, is an ex USWNT soccer star who retired this year. She's currently pregnant with her and Jrue's first child. It's a girl.

The Holiday's got scary news earlier this summer. Lauren, 28, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.


"My family comes before basketball," Jrue Holiday told Jeff Duncan of The-Times Picayune reports the . "I'm obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else."

The pregnancy remains healthy, as Lauren won't have to undergo surgery until after giving birth. Her due date is mid-October, shortly before the season opener on October 26.

Lauren, a two-time gold medalist and World Cup champion married Jrue in 2013, days before he was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to New Orleans.

The two met while starring in their respective sports at UCLA.

Doctors believe removing the benign tumor with brain surgery will result in an eventual full recovery.


Holiday has missed time over his previous 3 seasons in New Orleans due to injury, but is set to enter the 2016-17 season physically healthy.

He will be out for an indefinite amount of time to care for his family, and has complete blessing of the New Orleans Pelicans organization.

Jrue has asked for all the prayers his family can get.

All of us at ESPN1420 send out our prayers to Lauren, Jrue and their soon to be born daughter throughout the entire process.