- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Seen and heard last night at SBC Center in San Antonio:

HOLT BATTLING ALCOHOL — Spurs chairman Peter Holt, who has battled alcoholism for more than 40 years, checked himself into a treatment center early Monday.

“I am embarrassed by this relapse, and I apologize to my family, my friends, my business colleagues and to the entire community,” Holt, 55, said in a statement released through the team. “But I am committed to regaining sobriety and maintaining it — one day at a time. I ask for your support and prayers and your patience.”

Holt has been the chairman of the Spurs since the 1996-97 season.

GIVE IT AWAY — The first 10,000 fans at MCI Center on Saturday, when the Wizards meet Philadelphia, will receive a backpack.

LOCK DOWN — Ever since the Spurs drafted Tim Duncan in 1997 they have consistently been one of the best defensive teams in the league. In that span, the Spurs have never ranked lower than third in points allowed. Meanwhile, they have led the league in opponents’ field goal percentage twice and have never ranked lower than fifth in this category.

John N. Mitchell

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