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The Spurs are a professional basketball team based out of San Antonio, Texas. They are part of the Western Conference Southwest Division, and they play their games at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio Spurs Brief History

The Spurs are just one of the few teams to have remained intact after the merger of the ABA and the NBA, and they are also the only former ABA squad to have won an NBA title.

This team started as the Dallas Chaparrals, and they are one of the 11 original ABA teams.

The Chaparrals didn’t do good during their early years and suffered from a lack of interest by Dallas fans.

Then, they switched “Dallas” for “Texas,” playing its matches in Fort Worth, with the goal of making the team fully regional, but this proved unsuccessful.

The team then returned to Dallas for a short while, and, even though they were acquiring some on-court success, they were experiencing some financial difficulties at the same time.

After these disappointments, the owners of the franchise wanted out, but they worked out a deal with a team of investors from San Antonio.

These investors, led by manager Angelo Drossos, leased the team for three years for San Antonio, with the promise of returning the franchise to Dallas later on, if a purchase wasn’t concreted by 1975.

After this deal took place, the team was re-baptized as the San Antonio Gunslingers, but that name was quickly switched to the Spurs before they could even play a single game.

The original uniform colors of the Chaparrals were red, white, and blue, and those colors were immediately changed to the now familiar black, silver and white.

The following year, the ABA-NBA merger happened, and that allowed the Spurs to remain in San Antonio permanently.

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San Antonio Spurs Interesting Facts

  1. The Spurs are the only professional sports team in San Antonio, and that’s one of the major reasons why their fans are so devoted.
  2. A long time ago, this team was known as the Dallas Chaparrals.
  3. Tim Duncan, who’s originally from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, wanted to become an Olympic swimmer but decided to leave this dream behind due to his fear of sharks.

San Antonio Spurs Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Championships: 5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
  • Conference titles: 6 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)
  • Division titles: 22 (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

San Antonio Spurs Hall of Famers and Famous Players

Here’s a list of the top 3 Hall of Famers for the San Antonio Spurs:

George Gervin: Known as “the Iceman,” much of the success obtained by the Spurs during their earlier years had a lot to do with his performance. He managed to win twelve NBA All-Star games in a row, and managed to tie or break more than forty franchise records.

  • 9 seasons with the Spurs, 9 times All-Star, averaged 27 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1996
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Tim Duncan: He’s probably the most emblematic player for this franchise. He managed to retire as one of just three NBA players to hold 1000 career wins, and the only player in the history of the league to have win 1000 games with a single team.

  • 19 seasons with the Spurs, 2 times MVP, 15 times All-Star, 5 times NBA Champion

David Robinson: Known as “the Admiral,” he spent his entire career with the Spurs. He won 2 titles with San Antonio, and it’s also a two-time Olympic Gold medal winner.

  • 14 seasons with the Spurs, 1-time MVP, 10 times All-Star, averaged 21 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2009

San Antonio Spurs Rivalries

The Spurs hold rivalries with three teams: The Lakers, the Mavericks, and the Rockets.

  • Los Angeles Lakers: This rivalry was the top one in the league from 1999 to 2004. The teams faced each other during the postseason 5 times in 6 seasons, and one of the two franchises was able to advance to the NBA Finals every single season since 1999 to 2005.
  • Dallas Mavericks: This is a rivalry with Dallas roots. The Mavs got swept by the Spurs during the 2012-13 season, a first since 1998, the rookie season for Tim Duncan.
  • Houston Rockets: Just like with Dallas, this is a rivalry that’s based on locality, with the two teams being part of Texas. The rivalry was renewed during the 2017 playoffs, with the two franchises meeting at the Western Conference Semifinals, and the series going for San Antonio 4-2. This was the first match-up between these two franchises at the postseason since the 1995 Western Conference Finals.

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