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Spurs play first game with Kevin Martin, new CEO leadership

Peter Holt stepped down same day as Spurs announce Martin signing

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SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs took the floor against the Chicago Bulls Thursday night looking to stay undefeated at home, going for their 31st straight win at the AT&T Center this season.

As they battle the Bulls, they will be under new leadership at the top. Peter Holt has retired as the Chairman and CEO of Spurs Sports and Entertainment, but the leadership will stay in the family. Julianna Hawn Holt will now take over both roles.

Holt is one of those owners that hired quality people to run the organization and then mostly stayed in the background, letting those he hired do their jobs. 

It has turned out to be a great formula. Over two decades, the Spurs have been one of the most successful organizations in all of professional sports.  

They have reached the playoffs 19 years in a row and won five championships, something not lost on Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

"Setting a vision for all of us, providing great leadership and allowing us to do our jobs," Popovich said. “He has been a really unique owner in that respect and it has been appreciated."

Ironically the day Holt stepped down, those running the basketball team did their job making another one of those moves to help keep the team in position to win another title.

They signed free agent Kevin Martin who had choices of where he wanted continue to play, but picked San Antonio. The 33-year-old is ready to be a part of a team that consistently goes deep into the playoffs. 

" You don't really get to play until the end of May early June, so I think I just wanted to be poisoned with championship pedigree," Martin said.

Martin arrived in San Antonio Sunday and then signed his deal Wednesday.

"I am just trying to learn a lot from these guys and whatever they need me to do I will go ahead and do it," Martin said.

One thing he already enjoys is the weather.

"I remember when I played in Houston you woke up and your body felt so much better than in did in Minnesota," Martin said. "down here is so nice it is good to be back in the south again."


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