San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
|Location||San Antonio, Texas|
|Main sponsor||Frost Bank|
|General manager||Brian Wright|
|Head coach||Gregg Popovich|
|Ownership||Spurs Sports & Entertainment (Peter John Holt, Chairman and CEO)|
1967–1973: Beginnings as the Dallas/Texas Chaparrals
The San Antonio Spurs started out as the Dallas Chaparrals of the original version of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Coached by player/coach Cliff Hagan, the Dallas Chaparrals were one of 11 teams to take the floor in the inaugural season of the upstart ABA.
1973–1976: Moving to San Antonio
In June 1976, the ABA–NBA merger took place, moving San Antonio’s sole professional sports franchise into a new league. The Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers and the New York Nets joined the NBA for the 1976–77 season. The Spurs and the other three ABA teams added in the merger agreed to pay the owners of two other strong ABA teams that folded instead of joining the NBA.
In the 2016–17 season, despite the retirement of longtime captain Tim Duncan, the Spurs—led by Kawhi Leonard—remained a title contender and finished with a record of 61–21. After defeating the Grizzlies and the Rockets in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Spurs—who suffered injuries to Leonard, Parker, and David Lee—were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
In 2018, the Spurs began training camp without a member of the Big Three for the first time since the 1997-98 season. Despite losing Dejounte Murray for the season to an ACL tear, the Spurs finished the 2018–19 season with a 48–34 record and the seventh seed in the Western Conference, qualifying for the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive playoff season.
2019–2021: Pandemic-Shortened Seasons
On March 11, 2020, the NBA suspended the 2019-2020 NBA season due to the COVID-19 pandemic after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. On June 4, it was announced that the season would restart on July 31 for the Spurs and 21 other teams in the NBA Bubble, and would finish no later than October 12.
Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 NBA regular season was shortened to 72 games and began on December 22, 2020. The season began only 72 days after the 2020 NBA Finals ended, making the 2020 offseason the shortest offseason in league history.
At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 season, the NBA held a play-in tournament. As the 10th seed in the Western Conference, the Spurs participated in the tournament. The team was defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-96.
Since becoming the San Antonio Spurs in 1973, the team colors have been black, silver and white. The distinctive logo of the word Spurs in Eurostile font, with the stylized spur substituting for the letter U, has been a part of the team’s identity since their move to San Antonio.
On September 19, 2012, the Spurs unveiled a silver alternate uniform. In breaking from the traditional practice of placing the team or city name in front, the Spurs’ new uniform features only the stylized spur logo, with the black number trimmed in white and silver on the upper right.
The switch to Nike as the uniform provider in 2017 eliminated the “home” and “away” uniform designations. The Spurs’ black “Icon”, silver “Statement” and white “Association” uniform remained identical to the previous set save for the manufacturer’s logo and switch from Eurostile to custom block lettering on the team name. They also continued to wear their camouflage-style uniforms as part of the “City” edition.
The Coyote has been the Spurs’ mascot since 1983. Created by and portrayed for 21 years by Tim Derk, Coyote is known for his slapstick humor, rehearsed skits and previous dance numbers with Spurs’ cheerleaders, the Silver Dancers, who were replaced in 2018 after 26 years. The Coyote was a 2007 inductee into the Mascot Hall of Fame and has been featured in local and national media.
Basketball Hall of Fame
|San Antonio Spurs Basketball Hall of Famers|
Dallas (Texas) Chaparrals
- State Fair Coliseum(1967–1973)
- Moody Coliseum(1967–1973)
- Tarrant County Coliseum(1970–1971)
- Lubbock Municipal Coliseum(1970–1971)
San Antonio Spurs
- Hemis Fair Arena(1973–1993)
- AT&T Center(formerly SBC Center) (2002–present)
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