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The San Antonio Spurs are a professional basketball team located in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The Spurs are a part of the Western Conference’s Southwest Division in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The AT&T Center in San Antonio is where the club plays its home games.

The Spurs are the only former American Basketball Association (ABA) club to have won an NBA title following the ABA”NBA merger in 1976. In 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014, the team won NBA titles.

The Spurs has the greatest winning percentage among active NBA organizations as of the 2019″20 season. In the three decades prior to May 2017, the Spurs had the greatest winning percentage of any team in the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

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The Spurs won 50 games in 18 consecutive seasons from 1999″2000 to 2016″17, setting a franchise record. With 22 straight playoff appearances in the 2018″19 season, the Spurs tied an NBA record. The team’s recent success has paralleled current head coach Gregg Popovich’s tenure as well as the playing careers of Spurs legends David Robinson (1989″2003) and Tim Duncan (1997″2016).

The San Antonio Spurs were formerly known as the Dallas Chaparrals in the American Basketball Association’s first incarnation (ABA). The Dallas Chaparrals, led by player/coach Cliff Hagan, were one of 11 teams that competed in the ABA’s first season. The Chaps’ second season was a letdown, as they finished fourth in the league with a poor 41″37 record. The Chaparrals were easily eliminated from the playoffs by the New Orleans Buccaneers.

In Dallas, the club struggled with low attendance and widespread apathy. During the 1970″71 season, the name “Dallas” was dropped in favor of “Texas,” and an attempt was made to make the team a regional one, with games in Fort Worth, at the Tarrant County Convention Center, and Lubbock, at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, but this was a failure, and the team returned to Dallas full-time for the 1971″72 season, splitting their games at Moody Coliseum and Dallas Convention Center Arena.

The Chaparrals had been reasonably successful on the court, but by their third season, they were in financial trouble. The unwillingness of the ownership group to invest much money in the club was a major factor in the team’s financial woes. Nearly all of the owners wanted out after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in their history in 1972″73. Angelo Drossos, John Schaefer, and Red McCombs led a group of 36 San Antonio businessmen in negotiating a “lend-lease” agreement with the Dallas ownership group.

The squad would be leased for three years with a purchase option for Drossos and his company. They were given permission to transfer the club to San Antonio right away, but they agreed to return it to Dallas if no purchase was made before 1975.

The squad was dubbed the San Antonio Gunslingers when the contract was finalized. The name was changed to Spurs before they had played a game. The team’s primary colors were altered from the Chaparrals’ red, white, and blue to the Spurs’ now-famous black, silver, and white design, which took effect for the 1973″74 season. Despite a boisterous crowd of 6,000 supporters, the Spurs were defeated by the San Diego Conquistadors in their inaugural game at HemisFair Arena.

The team’s trademark was a stifling defense, as they kept opponents to fewer than 100 points in a league-record 49 games. The early Spurs were headed by ABA veteran James Silas, and the squad was bolstered in January when the Virginia Squires acquired Swen Nater (who would go on to win Rookie of the Year) and George Gervin. The ABA sought to stop the Gervin agreement because it was bad for the league, but a court decided in favor of the Spurs, and Gervin made his Spurs debut on February 7, 1974. The Spurs finished third in the Western Division with a 45″39 record in their first season under that name.

In the first round of the playoffs, the squad was beaten by the Indiana Pacers in seven games. San Antonio welcomed the Spurs with warm arms, averaging 6,303 people per game and outnumbering the Chaparrals’ total attendance in only 18 games. When Drossos, Schaefer, and McCombs witnessed a home run, they knew it.

They utilized their option to terminate the lease arrangement, purchase the franchise completely, and retain the club in San Antonio indefinitely after only one year.

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