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San Antonio without the Spurs would be a far less interesting city and probably a much harder sell to the talented young professionals and creatives we are trying so hard to recruit here. Nothing unites people in San Antonio like the Spurs, except the military in moments of national unity, as happened after Sept.
The crowd rallies during Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs, Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the AT&T Center. Monday’s Memorial Day sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies puts the Spurs back in the NBA Finals for the first time in six years. Many divide the modern-day Spurs into the David Robinson era (1989-1997) and the Tim Duncan era (1997-present), an arbitrary division that is a bit unfair to Robinson, who helped win titles in 1999 and 2003. I see another era, one defined by the current leadership, and that goes back to 1996 when Peter Holt bought a controlling interest in the Spurs from a group of investors that included Gaylord Properties of Oklahoma City, which also owns Gaylord Entertainment in Nashville.
One day after the sweep, former Spurs player and executive Danny Ferry, now general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, hired Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer as the Hawks new head coach. Tim Duncan and David Robinson greet the fans on the San Antonio River after winning the 2003 NBA Championship.
Now, after a six-year hiatus from the NBA Finals, the Spurs are back, a team that carried the best record in the league for much of the season, yet remained a longshot in the eyes of most to contend for the trophy.
Lucky for us that the Spurs organization won the NBA Draft Lottery in 1987 and selected David Robinson, even though it meant waiting two seasons while he fulfilled his post-graduate military commitment from the U.S. Time out: Tim Duncan and Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich confer during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2006.
Robinson won everything except an NBA title in the years he led the team, but he missed most of the 1996-97 season with injuries and the Spurs fell to a new low point. The Spurs won their first NBA Championship in 1999 led by the trio of Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Sean Elliott. Robinson and Duncan won one more championship together in 2003 and then Robinson retired, but he stayed in San Antonio and he continues to make a difference.


For people new to San Antonio, I don’t think any look back at the start of the Spurs golden era is complete without considering Sean Elliott, the other key player in the 1999 championship run.
Elliott was actually cut from a losing Pistons team after one season and found his way back to San Antonio for the 1994-95 season. The Spurs had home court advantage against the Portland Trailblazers in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals, but were down 85-83 with 12 second left in the game.
Elliott, like Robinson, has made San Antonio home and works as a color commentator for the Spurs. Express-News sports columnist Buck Harvey had a nice take on both the 1999 and the 2013 Memorial Day wins for the Spurs in his Tuesday column.
The San Antonio Spurs took a selfie and tweeted it out before Fan Appreciation Night on Tuesday. The veteran team some thought was too old to compete includes future Hall of Fame forward Tim Duncan, the last active player from the 1998-99 strike-shortened season when the Spurs beat the New York Knicks to win their first NBA Championship. The Spurs Foundation, renamed the Silver and Black Giveback, has distributed many millions of dollars over the last 25 years to worthy community causes, particularly in the realm of education and youth programs. Red McCombs and co-owner Angelo Drossos brought the ABA’s Dallas Chaparrals to San Antonio in 1972 and Red renamed them the Spurs. The City of San Antonio thought it had a deal with Holt and the Spurs to build a new arena next to the Alamodome, but Bexar County Judge Cindi Krier, working behind the scenes, made the Spurs a better offer. Players who sign with the Spurs understand that some contractual obligations will take them out of the gym and into inner city schools and non-profits.
He sold his share of the team in 1976, owned the Denver Nuggets for several years, and bought back the Spurs in 1988.
Robert McDermott, the longtime president and chairman of USAA and the chairman of the board of the Spurs, was inclined to make that deal. It’s easy to imagine how different the Spurs story would be today if the Maloofs had prevailed instead of Holt.


Robinson, however, stood out among all peers, starting with his decision after military service to sign with the Spurs, even though he had not signed a contract when drafted and could have opted to sign with a more winning team in a bigger market after his military discharge. Then-Mayor Howard Peak and the downtown business establishment were stunned to learn the Spurs were moving to an Eastside location next to Freeman Coliseum, home to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The arena vote came on the same November day the Spurs received their championship rings from the league. A league-leading rebounder and defender, Rodman, a party animal, even bought Elliott’s house, to the chagrin of a former San Antonio Light newspaper publisher who lived across the street. His most memorable career moment, the one no Spurs fan here for the 1998-99 season will ever forget, was the Memorial Day Miracle, considered one of the greatest shots in NBA history and a must-see video. You get the sense that this is the most exciting thing to happen in the Spurs locker room in months. There is less of that now than when my family moved here in 1989, but through the 24 years we’ve been here, people have always come together around the Spurs. In San Antonio, neighbors got together Tuesday and placed brooms in their Alamo Heights front yards to salute Budenholzer. McDermott will go down in history as one of San Antonio’s great visionaries, but no one ever accused him of knowing much about basketball or running a pro sports franchise. The Spurs went 28-54 the year they drafted Robinson, and 21-61 in the 1988-89 season, the franchise’s worst season ever at the time. Robinson was named Rookie of the Year, and the team drew attention beyond San Antonio, although some say the Spurs still don’t get the respect and attention they deserve. His character helped define the Spurs as a team that stood as much for its good behavior and community involvement as its on-court accomplishments.




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