San Antonio Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas.wikipedia
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Tim Duncan

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The team's recent success has coincided with the tenure of current head coach Gregg Popovich and with the playing careers of the Spurs' icons David Robinson (1989–2003) and Tim Duncan (1997–2016).
Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) He spent his entire 19-year playing career with the Spurs.

Gregg Popovich

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The team's recent success has coincided with the tenure of current head coach Gregg Popovich and with the playing careers of the Spurs' icons David Robinson (1989–2003) and Tim Duncan (1997–2016).
He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and head coach of USA national team.

San Antonio

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The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas.
It is home to the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, and hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest such events in the U.S.

David Robinson

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The team's recent success has coincided with the tenure of current head coach Gregg Popovich and with the playing careers of the Spurs' icons David Robinson (1989–2003) and Tim Duncan (1997–2016). Spurs players are active members of the San Antonio community, and many former Spurs are still active in San Antonio including David Robinson with the Carver Academy and George Gervin with the George Gervin Youth Center.
David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for his entire career.

Southwest Division (NBA)

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The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division.
The division is located in the South Central United States and consists of five teams, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs.

Alamodome

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The Spurs set several NBA attendance records while playing at the Alamodome including the largest crowd ever for an NBA Finals game in 1999, and the Spurs continue to sell out the smaller AT&T Center (formerly SBC Center) on a regular basis.
It also placated the San Antonio Spurs' demands for a larger arena.

George Gervin

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Spurs players are active members of the San Antonio community, and many former Spurs are still active in San Antonio including David Robinson with the Carver Academy and George Gervin with the George Gervin Youth Center. The early Spurs were led by ABA veteran James Silas, and the team grew stronger by acquiring Swen Nater (who would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award) and George Gervin from the Virginia Squires in January.
George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls.

American Basketball Association

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The Spurs are one of four former American Basketball Association (ABA) teams to remain intact in the NBA after the 1976 ABA–NBA merger and are the only former ABA team to have won an NBA championship. The San Antonio Spurs started out as the Dallas Chaparrals of the original version of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
Four ABA teams were absorbed into the older league: the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs.

Western Conference (NBA)

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The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division.

Red McCombs

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A group of 36 San Antonio businessmen—led by Manager Angelo Drossos, Chairman of the Board John Schaefer, and President/Red McCombs—worked out a "lend-lease" deal with the Dallas ownership group.
He is the founder of the Red McCombs Automotive Group in San Antonio, Texas, a co-founder of Clear Channel Communications, chairman of Constellis Group, a former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, San Antonio Force, Denver Nuggets, the Minnesota Vikings, and the namesake of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

National Basketball Association

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The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division.
The franchises added were the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and New York Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets).

ABA–NBA merger

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The Spurs are one of four former American Basketball Association (ABA) teams to remain intact in the NBA after the 1976 ABA–NBA merger and are the only former ABA team to have won an NBA championship.
As part of the merger agreement, the NBA agreed to accept four of the remaining six ABA teams: the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs.

Angelo Drossos

A group of 36 San Antonio businessmen—led by Manager Angelo Drossos, Chairman of the Board John Schaefer, and President/Red McCombs—worked out a "lend-lease" deal with the Dallas ownership group.
Angelo Drossos (October 31, 1928 – January 9, 1997) was the owner of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team from 1973 to 1988, from its time in the American Basketball Association through the ABA-NBA merger and into its years in the National Basketball Association.

Dallas Chaparrals

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The San Antonio Spurs started out as the Dallas Chaparrals of the original version of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
The team moved to San Antonio, Texas for the 1973–74 season and were renamed the San Antonio Spurs.

Indiana Pacers

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In the playoffs, the team was defeated by the Indiana Pacers in seven games. The Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers and the New York Nets joined the NBA for the 1976–77 season.
For the 1976–77 season the Pacers were joined in the merged league by the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, and San Antonio Spurs.

HemisFair Arena

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In their first game at HemisFair Arena, the Spurs lost to the San Diego Conquistadors despite attracting a noisy crowd of 6,000 fans.
It was home to the ABA/NBA's San Antonio Spurs from 1973 to 1993 and the San Antonio Force of the AFL during the 1992 season, their only year of existence.

1976–77 NBA season

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Although there was some initial skepticism in league circles regarding the potential success and talent levels of the incoming ABA teams, the Spurs would prove worthy of NBA inclusion during the 1976–77 season with a record of 44–38, good for a tie for fourth place overall in the Eastern Conference.
Four ABA teams joined the NBA, all four of which are still in the league today: the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, and New York Nets.

James Silas

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The early Spurs were led by ABA veteran James Silas, and the team grew stronger by acquiring Swen Nater (who would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award) and George Gervin from the Virginia Squires in January.
Born in Tallulah, Louisiana, Silas played the majority of his career with the Dallas Chaparrals/San Antonio Spurs of the ABA/NBA.

Denver Nuggets

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The Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers and the New York Nets joined the NBA for the 1976–77 season.
The Nuggets, Nets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs were merged into the NBA.

1984–85 NBA season

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After the 1984–85 season, Gervin, who had been the Spurs' biggest star, was traded to the Chicago Bulls in what effectively signaled the end of the era that began when the Spurs first moved to San Antonio.

Louie Dampier

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John Y. Brown, Jr., the owner of the Kentucky Colonels, received $3 million, which he used to purchase the NBA's Buffalo Braves and later the Boston Celtics, after selling star guard Louie Dampier to the Spurs.
After the ABA–NBA merger in 1976 Dampier also played three seasons (1976–1979) in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the San Antonio Spurs.

Major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada

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As of May 2017, the Spurs had the best winning percentage of any franchise in the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada over the previous three decades.
While only one MLB team, the San Diego Padres, is located in a city that has no other major league team, seven NBA teams are located in cities devoid of any additional "big four" franchises: Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz (Salt Lake City).

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

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Since 2003, the team has been forced on an extended road trip for much of February since the AT&T Center hosts the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
The San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, who share the AT&T Center with the Rodeo, goes on “The Rodeo Road Trip” during the three weeks of the rodeo.

Larry Brown (basketball)

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Additionally, the 1988–89 season featured the debut of Larry Brown as the Spurs head coach who moved to San Antonio after winning the NCAA National Championship with Kansas in 1988.
He is also the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season (Spurs and Clippers during the 1991–92 NBA season).

1988–89 NBA season

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The next four seasons were a dark time in Spurs' history with the team having a combined record of 115–213 from 1985–86 until 1988–89.