The San Antonio Spurs were not always known as the Spurs. From 1967-1973 the organization was known as the “Dallas Chaparrals.” The team later decided to drop ‘Dallas’ to become the “Texas Chaparrals in 1970. Although the were a modestly successful team on the court, the organization was sinking financially by their third season, primarily because the management didn’t want to spend much money on the team. After missing the playoffs in the 72-73 season, most of the owners wanted out. That’s when a group of businessmen from San Antonio worked out a “lend-lease” deal with the group. Starting in the 1973-74 season they became the “San Antonio Spurs” as we know today. Many people do not know about this time in Spurs history and think it’s crazy how the Spurs owners managed to make a failing organization into the incredible organization that it is today.
The Spurs coach/President Gregg Popovich is well known in the basketball community, as he has been the Coach since 1996. Under his lead the Spurs have won 5 championships, 3 Coach of the Years, and has been an a 4x All-Star Game head coach. Coach Pop Started off actually in 1988-1992 as an assistant, and then went on to be an assistant ’92-’94 before returning to Spurs as the general manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations, under the current owner Peter Holt in 1994. After Spurs started out 3-15 for the ’96-’97 season, he fired coach Bob Hill, and took over as head coach in 1996, where he has remained to this day. One of the first things Coach did after finishing the season was draft Tim Duncan from Wake Forest University. This gave them the famous “twin tower” offense with 6’11’’ Tim Duncan and 7’1’’ David Robinson. In 1999 Spurs won their first NBA title against the Knicks. As the years went on Coach Pop became a very respected coach in the NBA winning 4 more titles, and picking up more stars like Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. On Febuary 4, 2017 only a couple days ago Coach Pop recorded his 1,128th win with one franchise, surpassing Jerry Sloan.
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I chose the Spurs as my topic because they are my favorite basketball team, and I felt that it would be easy for me to write about. I started playing basketball in Kindergarten through Upwards, and later was in a select team with my younger brother. I stopped playing in 7th grade when I decided I didn’t want to play on middle school team, but continued to watch my brother play and watching NCAA/NBA. Most of my family is from Oregon, so they’re all are big fans of the Portland Trailblazers, but being from Texas and growing up watching the likes of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili play, they became my favorite team. In my first few years of high school I stopped watching basketball as much, but in the last couple of years I started watching with my dad and brother again whenever I can. I’m excited to talk about my favorite team in the coming months for this blog and hope that everyone who reads this might learn interesting things about the best team in Texas!