San Antonio Spurs Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The San Antonio Spurs open up this year's campaign against their Western Conference and in-state rival Dallas Mavericks on October 28. Halloween night, they will travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns. Their first back-to-back nights with games occur November 5 and 6, when they will host Atlanta, and then travel to Houston the next night. The Spurs travel to Cleveland to play the Cavs on November 19, giving Lebron James a chance for revenge against the team that defeated him in the NBA Finals last year and prevented him from winning three straight NBA Championships. The Spus play a Christmas Day game at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and a New Year's Eve game at home against New Orleans. On February 6, the Miami Heat come to San Antonio for a rematch of last year's NBA Finals. The Spur will travel to Miami later in the season, on March 31. The season concludes with a road game in New Orleans on April 15.
San Antonio Spurs Roster
The Spurs lineup returns their two big stars from last season's championship team, point guard Tony Parker and long-time NBA veteran Tim Duncan, who should be nearing the end of his career soon. Prolific scorers Danny Green and Manu Ginobli also return to the team to join Parker in the back court. Overall, the Spurs made very few changes to the roster that brought the team an NBA Championship one year ago, and have only one rookie on the roster this year, Kyle Anderson, a power forward who played his college ball at UCLA last year. Anderson was the team's first round pick in thie 2014 NBA Draft, the thirtieth pick overall. Anderson is likely to play more of a small forward role for the Spurs this year, and will split time off of the bench with Austin Daye. Both players back up starting forward Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs made no major trades during the offseason.
San Antonio Spurs Fan Experience
The San Antonio Spurs will play their home games at AT&T Center, located on the east side of San Antonio, Texas. The arena opened in 2002 as the SBC Center, and underwent a name change in 2006, when SBC Communications purchased AT&T Inc, and adopted the AT&T name. The arena has a seating capacity of 18,581 for basketball games, and contains 50 luxury suites and 2,018 club seats. In 2012, the press box at AT&T Arena was renamed to the Jessica Redfield Press Box after Jesica Redfield, a San Antonio area news broadcaster who was killed in a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
San Antonio Spurs Trivia
Last year, the San Antonio Spurs set a record for the most consecutive seasons with 50 or more wins, when they accomplished the feat for a fifteenth straight season. They have also qualified for the playoffs in each year of the streak. They are also the only team in the NBA that does not have a losing head-to-head record against any currently active NBA franchise.
San Antonio Spurs History
The San Antonia Spurs started play in the American Basketball Association in 1967. In 1976, the ABA and NBA merged, and the Spurs joined the NBA. They are one of only four former ABA teams still playing in the NBA, and the only franchise to have won a championship in both leagues. They have won five NBA Championships, the fourth highest total in league history, only one behind the Chicago Bulls for the third spot. They also rank second in all-time winning percentage, only trailing the highly successful Los Angeles Lakers. Since joining the NBA in 1976, the team has won 20 division titles in only 38 years, and have qualified for the playoffs in 24 of the last 25 seasons. In fact, they have only missed the playoffs four times since joining the league. Famous former players of the Spurs include George â€œThe Icemanâ€ Gervin, and David Robinson, one of the most successful centers in NBA history.
San Antonio Spurs Fan Info
The San Antonio Spurs benefit from the fact that they are the only professional sports team in San Antonio, and the only team in the city's history to last more than 5 years. This, combined with their long-standing tradition of success in the NBA, has led to a highly loyal fan base. The team set a record for the largest attendance for an NBA Finals game in 1999, and set several other attendance record during their time playing in the Alamodome. The team now regularly sells out their current home arena, the AT&T Center, making tickets for their fans hard to come by.
San Antonio Spurs Rumors
There are not very many rumors going around about the San Antonio Spurs, and for good reason. The team captured its fifth NBA Championship last year, and most of the fan base is content with keeping the championship team and its coaches in tact for a chance to repeat in 2014-2015. Most of the rumors that can be found revolve around how much longer their start player and future hall of famer Tim Duncan will play before retiring. Some fans feel that Duncan had hesitation when he decided to return this year, which may affect his performance on the court.