San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are a team with quite the history in the state of Texas, being the only professional sports team to represent the San Antonio area for at least five years uninterrupted. It’s also one of the only teams from the American Basketball Association that still exists in the NBA. You’re about to learn everything you need to know about the history of the San Antonio Spurs, from the beginning years to where the team is today.
The Beginning Years
The team, now known as the San Antonio Spurs, has run the gamut when it comes to team names, logos, and jerseys. The San Antonio Spurs were once known as the Dallas Chaparrals (aka, the Chaps) and were one of the original teams in the American Basketball Association back in 1967. The Chaps were once coached by a former St. Louis Hawks’ player Cliff Hagan.
When team owners saw that fan attendance was down and the team couldn’t even clinch a spot in the playoffs during the 1972 to 1973 season, the team was eventually put up for lease. It was then that a group of 36 local San Antonio businessmen joined forces and leased the team with the option to buy in three years. The team known as the Chaps would then be known as the San Antonio Gunslingers before eventually becoming the Spurs prior to the first official game.
Owned by Angelo Drossos and Red McCombs, the San Antonio Spurs brought out huge crowds that toppled the records of the former Chaps. The businessmen would go on to buy the team outright and hire coach Bob Bass. Bass was known for implementing a fast-break style of gameplay and would lead the team to a winning record in the 1974 to 1975 ABA season.
The coaching staff would eventually be replaced when the NBA and ABA officially merged in 1976. During the Spurs’ first year in the NBA, the team boasted a winning record and was considered one of the best teams in the league. The Spurs’ entry into the NBA would eventually initiate a rivalry with another Texas team, the Houston Rockets.
The San Antonio Spurs eventually brought on players like George Gervin in the late 70s, who was then considered one of the best scorers in the entire league. With 33+ points a game on average, Gervin would help lead the team to 5 titles in the team’s first seven years in the NBA.
Given the massive number of team names throughout the years, it comes as no surprise that the San Antonio Spurs has had a good amount of logos.
1976 - 1989
Between 1976 and 1989, the players wore an all black jersey (background, number, and “San Antonio” included) with white bordering and highlights all around. This was the first jersey change since the Chaps moved to San Antonio and became the Spurs.
1989 - Today
1989 saw a more modern look to the San Antonio Spurs jersey. This one infused the team’s logo on a white jersey with the use of black lettering and grey outlines.