Peter Holt Rumors
Silver’s comments echoed those that he made earlier this month. “I first met her in this league when she was playing for the Liberty early on in the league,” Silver told ESPN’s Holly Rowe. “Her composure was fantastic and also it says a lot about those Spurs, Coach Pop, R.C. Buford, Peter Holt. People need to be given opportunities. I obviously [was given] an opportunity by David Stern in the NBA. To see her get that opportunity, I have no doubt, as I said earlier, that we’re going to have a female coach in the NBA one day. There should be no barriers”
For the record, furthermore, don’t forget that Popovich only just completed the first season of a five-year contract. Word is he contemplated retirement after last season’s championship with more seriousness than any of us on the outside realized, but Pop didn’t just agree to keep coaching. He consented to sign that long-term deal which, according to industry insiders, pays in the $11 million range annually. The reflex reaction to news of Pop’s five-year contract was to conclude that it was somewhat ceremonial, based on the idea that no one in South Texas really expects to see out all five of those years on the bench. Yet we can share that there’s at least one pretty well-connected Spurs watcher we know who thinks Pop just may surprise us. And his name is Peter Holt.
A very strange thing happened at the end of the Clippers’ win over the Spurs. San Antonio prepared to inbound with one second left down by two points … and the Clippers’ sideline operator started the clock inadvertently. Needless to say, Gregg Popovich and Spurs owner Peter Holt were pissed.
Peter Holt: Remember, I’ve only had one losing year and that was my first year, 1996-97, which now I’m glad happened and not just because we got Tim. I didn’t know we were going to get Tim. We were third (worst record), not first. But it helped me understand how difficult this business is. It really did. I mean, the year before we had been in the Western Conference finals and we had David. I thought everything was going to be peachy keen and we went 20-62. The kids that summer, my wife and I told them we were buying into the Spurs and they were all excited because we all loved the Spurs and had season tickets and went all the time. By the end of the season, they said, “Dad, can we sell the Spurs? Everybody on the playground at school thinks you’re an idiot.” That’s a true story. Everybody thought I’d screwed it up.
With that sort of valuation, is there temptation to cash in? Peter Holt: We are not selling. I can tell you that. I don’t have one owner who is the least bit interested. They haven’t even brought it up. Everybody wants to leave it to their kids and their grandkids. They want to be part of this. To be this big a part of San Antonio is really cool.
The smile that spread broadly across Holt’s face and the hearty chuckle that spilled from it revealed his satisfaction in doing so. Holt, basking in the immediate glow of his team’s fifth championship Sunday night, was asked if this title is the sweetest of them all. Holt said, yes it is, although the first in 1999 will always be special, and that’s when you could start to see Holt’s face light up and the smile begin to build… “Even though it was a shortened, asterisked season,” Holt said, now sporting a full-on grin. “Phil, Phil, Phil, Phil, we all played the same amount of playoff games, didn’t we, Phil?”
But teammate Tony Parker and Spurs chairman Peter Holt both expect that Duncan and Manu Ginobili — who has already said definitively he’ll be back for the last season of his current two-year deal — will return to help the Spurs defend their title. “It will come to an end but I don’t think next year,” Parker said. “I think everybody’s gonna come back.” Holt said, “Tim and Manu are going to play until they die, so I think we are in pretty good shape. Tim and Manu want to play until they die, somewhat sincerely, actually.”