The NBA is one of the most family-friendly sports leagues in America today — both figuratively and literally. For one thing, lots of well-known NBA players have gone on to raise sons who have NBA careers themselves. In some cases, they have even had multiple sons playing at the same time, as in the case of Seth and Stephen Curry. Their father Dell also had a storied NBA career.
Even more impressively, the NBA currently boasts a trio of brothers who have all found stable places in the league: Jrue, Justin, and Aaron Holiday. The Holidays’ mother Toya recently spoke with TMZ. In the interview, she offered some brief advice to LaVar Ball, who also aspires to see all three of his sons play in the NBA.
The Holiday brothers
The oldest Holiday brother is Justin, at 30 years of age. Undrafted in the 2011 draft, Justin spent a year playing overseas before signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012. Since then, the shooting guard has put together a respectable journeyman career, making stops with the Warriors, Hawks, Bulls, Knicks, Grizzlies, and now the Pacers. He even won a championship with the Warriors in 2015.
Jrue is the middle brother, at 29 years of age. Although younger than Justin, he entered the league a few years earlier, being drafted by the 76ers in 2009. In 2013, the point guard was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he has played since. In that time, Jrue has made one All-Star team, one NBA All-Defensive First Team, and one NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
Finally, the youngest Holiday brother is the 22-year-old Aaron, also a point guard. Aaron was drafted by the Pacers in 2018. He saw limited playing time in his rookie year, mainly due to the large number of guards on the roster. Nonetheless, he showed flashes of significant scoring ability and should play an increased role in the upcoming season.
The Holiday brothers’ mother Toya is no stranger to the world of basketball, having put together a stellar high school and college career. In fact, she was a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball at her high school in Los Angeles, and also earned All-City honors on two occasions. As a college sophomore at Arizona State University, Toya was named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Her accolades didn’t stop there, however. After transferring to U.S. International University, Toya won the West Coast Athletic Conference most valuable player award, after a season in which she averaged 22.8 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Toya’s advice to LaVar Ball
The first takeaway from Toya’s encounter with TMZ was that she hasn’t let her sons’ success go to her head. On the contrary, she remains humble about both her own achievements and those of her family. She even noted that it was only by “God’s grace” that all three of her sons managed to make it into the NBA.
Toya’s husband Shawn seconded this humble approach, redirecting the question to highlight what his sons’ had done for themselves. According to Shawn, he and Toya “just kinda coached them,” but it was the brothers’ hard work and talent that ultimately got them where they are today.
Toya ended by offering some overt support for LaVar Ball as well as his sons. Rather than criticizing him for his at-times domineering personality, she made it clear that LaVar Ball knows what is best for his family.
Ultimately, she voiced her confidence that “they could be a three too”. This means if LaVar Ball keeps his sons’ on the right path, LiAngelo and LaMelo might one day join Lonzo in the competitive world of the NBA. Ball should take note of Toya’s attitude of giving her sons the credit and letting them follow their own path.