The San Antonio Spurs are aligned in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. The Spurs main rivals are the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers. Spurs tickets are sold to the AT&T Center located in San Antonio, Texas. The team joined the league in 1976 as part of the ABA-NBA merger. They were originally founded in 1967 as the Dallas Chaparrals. They changed their name to the "Spurs" in 1973 when they relocated to San Antonio.
The Spurs are one of the NBA's most successful franchises. The team has been to and won four NBA Championships: 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. The only teams that have won more titles are the Boston Celtics, Lakers, and Chicago Bulls. The Spurs and Bulls are the only two NBA teams that have a perfect record in multiple NBA Finals. As of 2010, the Spurs have the NBA's third-highest winning percentage of all-time and they've only missed the playoffs four seasons since joining the league. The Spurs have not missed the playoffs in 13 seasons, even since Tim Duncan joined the team.
In 1996, injuries caused the Spurs to win just 20 games. The team's futility earned them the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. They used that pick on power forward Tim Duncan. One of the all-time great post players, Duncan would lead the Spurs to four NBA Championships. He was named the NBA Finals MVP three times and the NBA MVP twice. As of 2010, he's been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams and named to 9 All-NBA First Teams. Other notable Spurs include David Robinson, George "The Iceman" Gervin, Sean Elliott, Avery Johson, James Silas, Johnny Moore, and Tony Parker. Greg Popovich, or "Pop," coached all four of the Spurs' championship teams. He's widely regarded as one of the best coaches in NBA history.