Move up or stay put: Making sense of the Spurs' NBA Draft pick

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Spurs fans have been on edge. Last week, the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court agreed to let Spurs Sports and Entertainment increase the number of “home” games the Spurs play outside of the AT&T Center. With the team considering games in Austin and Mexico City, Spurs fans started to question the team’s loyalty to San Antonio.

As a result, Spurs Sports and Entertainment Managing Partner Peter J. Holt released a letter on Tuesday, May 10 to assure fans that the Spurs are staying in San Antonio.

“There are no Spurs without the city and the people of San Antonio,” Holt says in the letter. “Your team, our team, together we are the silver and black. Spurs Fans – we are here to stay, Por Vida.”

The Holt family became involved with the Spurs in the 90s because there was a real threat that the team would be moved, he noted. 

“We would not let that happen then and we won’t let that happen now,” Holt says. “There is no other team in the NBA like the Spurs and no other home like San Antonio.”

San Antonio Spurs fans show their enthusiasm during second-half NBA action against the Sacramento Kings in the AT&T Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

San Antonio Spurs fans show their enthusiasm during second-half NBA action against the Sacramento Kings in the AT&T Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

Billy Calzada, Staff / Staff photographer

Holt reminisced in the letter about growing up in San Antonio, eating the “best chicken in the world” at Pollos Asados Los Nortenos on Rigsby, and grubbing on breakfast tacos.

From “the military presence, the downtown honkers, the Salesian sisters who pray during games, the Baseline Bums  – they are the San Antonio Spurs. The Alamo, the Missions, the Pearl, the Riverwalk, Fiesta  –  they are the San Antonio Spurs,” Holt says.

Holt was 12 years old when the Spurs won their first championship in 1999.

“I love you, I love this city,” Holt says. “A big city with a casual small-town feel and a great basketball team, I want to reassure you that the Spurs are in San Antonio to stay.”

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg reacted to letter in his own statement saying this confirms the Silver and Black aren’t going anywhere.

“Peter J. Holt’s heartfelt statement today could not have been said any better and should put speculation about the San Antonio Spurs’ plans to rest,” Nirenberg says. “We are completely comfortable with Mr. Holt’s leadership and his commitment to the city of San Antonio. We have have full confidence that the Spurs will stay in San Antonio for decades to come.”




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