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Heat’s Josh Richardson with monster dunk over Greg Monroe

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I didn’t know Josh Richardson had that in him.

He went left away from the high pick that was set, blew by his man, and there was nothing Greg Monroe could do but be in the poster at that point.

It wasn’t enough; the Bucks beat the Heat 114-108 behind 24 from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 23 from Jabari Parker (who are showing a real chemistry together).

Peter Holt steps down as CEO, lead owner of San Antonio Spurs

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 15:  San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt celebrates after defeating the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The two-decade success of the San Antonio Spurs starts with ownership — they provide support, but hire the best basketball people they can then let them handle the basketball decisions. The sacrifice for the team, the culture in San Antonio that has built the best organization in sports starts at the very top.

Peter Holt has been the CEO and face of that ownership group. Until now.

Holt announced his retirement Wednesday and his wife, Julianna Hawn Holt, will take over as both Chairman and CEO.

“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the last two decades,” said Peter Holt. “The championships are wonderful, bringing new sports franchises to San Antonio is important but the biggest accomplishment for me will always be the impact we’ve had in our community. The pride, support and love that our city has for the Spurs is truly amazing.”

“Our ownership in the Spurs has always been a family affair,” said Julianna Hawn Holt. “For many years I’ve had the desire to take a more active role with Spurs Sports & Entertainment. We felt this was the right time to make this transition. We are very excited about the current Spurs season and the future of the organization.”

Rick Pych, part of the ownership group (which also owns the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA and the Austin Spurs of the D-League) will serve as co-CEO.

The Spurs have made the playoffs 19 consecutive seasons (including this one), won at leat 50 games every non-lockout season since 1997, and they have won five NBA titles. This season’s Spurs are 54-10, and 30-0 at home, and are a legitimate threat to Golden State for the top spot in the NBA.

If you think this changeover is going to impact the Spurs and how they operate as an organization, you don’t know that franchise at all. Consistency will reign.

Grizzlies’ Mario Chalmers goes down with non-contact injury, out for game


This is not good.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers went down in the game against Boston with a non-contact injury. The worst kind, and this didn’t look good. He had to be helped back to the locker room, and the medical staff seemed to be looking at his Achilles’ tendon. He is out for the rest of the game.

Then there is this from Chris Mannix.

Chalmers left the arena in a wheelchair, according to reports.

Chalmers started Wednesday against Boston because Mike Conley is battling a sore foot and will miss a couple of games.

Hopefully for Memphis, this isn’t as bad as it appeared. We will learn more in the next 24-48 hours.

LeBron James: “I’ll kidnap my momma to win”

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James waits during a timeout in the final minute of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Cleveland. The Grizzlies won 106-103. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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LeBron James has seemed frustrated lately, at least that’s one reading of his cryptic tweets. He’s said the Cavaliers are not ready for playoff basketball right now. He came back to Cleveland selling a prodigal son story and bringing with him the promise of the first championship in Cleveland in any sport since 1964. The year “Meet the Beatles!” was released.

How bad does LeBron want to win?

Bad enough that he told Joe Johnson he would move to the four to accommodate him, even though LeBron has said more than once he is not of fan of playing the four, LeBron told Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Then LeBron took it a step further.

“All I care about is winning. That’s all that matters to me,” James confirmed to cleveland.com. “A piece like Joe, you know what it does to your team and if he was concerned about playing time or concerned about starting, then I’ll sacrifice. I’ll sacrifice to get a guy like that to help us try to win a championship….

“Man listen, I’ll do anything to win. I’ll kidnap my momma to win,” James said to cleveland.com with a deadpan expression on his face.

Johnson ended up choosing Miami, opting for a situation where he would get more minutes and exposure (to help with his next contract coming this summer) over winning. (Although Miami has played better of late, they are not contenders.)

Maybe that’s not the commitment LeBron wants in a teammate.

Cavaliers sign guard Jordan McRae for rest of season

Phoenix Suns guard Jordan McRae drives past Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry (31) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Phoenix. The Rockets won 111-105. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have signed guard Jordan McRae for the remainder of this season.

The team said Wednesday that they have signed McRae to a multi-year contract, but provided no further details on his deal. McRae has appeared in three games since he signed a 10-day contract on Feb. 28.

The 6-foot-6 McRae began the season in the NBA Development League, where he made 29l starts for Delaware, averaging 23.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists. Against Canton on Jan. 26, he scored a D-League record 61 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

McRae also had two 10-day stints with the Phoenix Suns this season, appearing in seven games. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 assists in 11.7 minutes.

He was originally selected by San Antonio in the 2014 draft. McRae played in Australia for a year before joining Delaware for the season’s final 13 games.