Good morning. Let's basketball.
HAPPY TRAILS, CHAMP: Peter Holt, the longtime chairman and CEO of the Spurs, is retiring. His wife Julianna Hawn Holt has been appointed CEO and chairwoman. I believe she will be the first permanent female CEO of an NBA team -- there have been interim situations due to death or other complications (Abe and Irene Pollin, Donald and Shelly Sterling). She'll join Jeanie Buss of the Lakers as the only two women on the NBA Board of Governors. The Spurs have a real good backgrounder on her expertise and the work she's done as her husband has been hiding from the spotlight.
ROOK WEEK PART 3: Bethlehem Shoals on how the internet is insisting that Karl-Anthony Towns become a star despite playing for a remote, bad team. Mike Prada with a thorough breakdown of Justise Winslow's inherent powers. Yaron Weitzman on Bobby Portis' blast of energy. Even more from our network blogs on basically every rookie in the league.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: The bad news for Greg Monroe is that Josh Richardson celebrated Rook Week by jamming all the way on him. All the darn way. The good news is that Richardson was so high above Monroe that the veteran is unlikely to be in any poster made of said dunk. Too much negative space!
YOUR DAILY STEPH: First Steph Curry hits Draymond Green with a pinpoint perfect behind-the-back pass in the open floor. Then he casually hits a half-court bank shot to end the half and runs straight into the tunnel.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF BEING TALL: Chris Paul tries to push Kevin Durant off him to get free, and kinda uses his forearm, as one does. Only KD is almost a foot taller than CP3, so CP3's forearm SLASH elbow hits KD in the groin. But hey, it worked! And it's not like THAT groin tap is going to give CP3 some new reputation to overcome ...
HEY, HOW ABOUT A REAL NICE K.J. MCDANIELS DUNK AGAINST THE SIXERS?
SCORES GALORE ...
NOP 113, CHA 122
HOU 118, PHI 104
MEM 96, BOS 116
MIA 108, MIL 114
DET 102, DAL 96
NYK 128, PHX 97
LAC 108, OKC 120
CLE 120, SAC 111
UTA 94, GSW 115
WHOA: Jose Calderon with the somewhat rare 60-foot alley-oop.
HIS NAME IS J.R. SMITH AND HE LOVES TO DANCE.
SO DAMN COOL: Zach LaVine learned American Sign Language in high school. So he's been visiting a local school for the deaf in Minneapolis about once a month since joining the Wolves to hang out with and "talk" to the students. Via r/nba.
SURE: LeBron James Kid introducing LeBron James over the PA.
TRUTH: LeBron tells Sam Amick that it kinda sucks how basketball legends dismiss Steph's greatness. LeBron would know!
WAIT, WHAT? Russell Westbrook had 25, 20 and 10.
BOOM DIZZLE! Tim Bontemps on Baron Davis' NBA comeback attempt, which has begun in Delaware with the Sixers' D-League team.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Good Andrew Keh piece on something I'd been wondering about: Kobe plays every road game as fans try to get a last glimpse of him, but sits out frequent home games ... which sucks for L.A.-based fans who can't afford to go to a bunch of games.
INSPIRATION: How Steph Curry is inspiring young players across the NBA and beyond.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT: Your TNT doubleheader features Bulls-Spurs (8 p.m. ET) followed by Cavaliers-Lakers. Hawks-Raptors is a potential first-round preview happening at 7:30 on League Pass.
Happy Thursday. See you next time.