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PostSubject: San Antonio Spurs   Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:10 am

Civic Pride
The Spurs are the only major professional sports franchise to be located in the San Antonio area, and the city shares a special bond with the team almost unmatched in the rest of the NBA. Spurs players are active members of the San Antonio community, and many former Spurs are still active in San Antonio, like David Robinson's Carver Academy and the George Gervin Youth Center.

In part because of this community involvement, Spurs fans have been among the most loyal in the NBA. The Spurs set several NBA attendance records while playing at the Alamodome, including the largest crowd ever for a NBA Finals game in 1999, and the Spurs continue to sell out the smaller, more intimate AT&T Center (formerly SBC Center) on a regular basis. The Spurs' rallying cry of "Go Spurs Go!" has endeared itself to the city of San Antonio, and the phrase pops up all over the city as the season progresses into the playoffs and the Spurs inch closer to a possible title.

San Antonio has also garnered praise for the way its citizens celebrate Spurs championships. When the Spurs win a title, San Antonians jam up the streets downtown, march around waving flags, throw confetti and honk car horns until dawn, but with little incidence of crime. There has yet to be a major riot involving a Spurs title celebration.

A unique part of every Spurs season comes in February when the team is forced onto an extended road-trip due to the occupation of its arena by the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. This is informally known as a time that typically starts the Spurs' run to the playoffs; indeed, starting in 1999 the Spurs have consistently posted phenomenal road records during this period, including the longest one-road-trip winning streak (8 games) in league history achieved in 2003.

Spurs History
After the American Basketball Association granted Dallas a franchise in 1967, the new club was named the Dallas Chaparrals -- a name representing the famous thickets and trees located in Texas and Mexico. (For some insights into the Dallas Chapparals first season, see Birth of a Franchise-San Antonio Spurs.)

However, in 1970 the name was changed to Texas Chaparrals, perhaps in an effort to get the whole state of Texas interested in the club. Yet only one year later, the club's name was returned to the city of Dallas.

The 2003 NBA Champs were honored with a Wheaties box. The 2005 NBA Champs were also honored with a Wheaties box.In the summer of 1973, the Chaparrals moved to San Antonio. Team officials no longer felt the original name to be fitting with San Antonio's image, and sponsored a public contest to name the city's new basketball team.
After hundreds of suggestions were considered, the name of San Antonio Spurs was selected. The reasoning behind the new name was that it represented the western heritage of Texas, a crisp, professional looking logo could be easily adopted, and the "Spurs" name was short enough for extensive use by the media.

Prior to the 1976-77 season, the Spurs, along with Nets, Nuggets, and Pacers, joined the NBA. For more details, including a year-by-year account of Spurs history, read San Antonio Spurs Franchise History
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PostSubject: Re: San Antonio Spurs   Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:02 pm

We'll see how well they can handle Pheonix... with the addition of Shaq they may have a little more on their hands (obviously not speaking of his size). Won't have to double team Duncan as much. Looks to be a good playoff season!

Who wants tickets to the HEAT v Knicks game??? rofl Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: San Antonio Spurs   Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:09 pm

Michael Jordan killed the NBA...I'm suprised ppl still watch...
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