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This channel is dedicated to the San Antonio Spurs, an NBA squad who compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. They have the AT&T Center in San Antonio on their home court.

They previously belonged to the American Basketball Association (ABA) before it merged with the NBA. They are one of the four former ABA teams to stay intact and the only former ABA squad to win an NBA championships. In their franchise history, the Spurs have won five NBA championships, fourth-most in history, tied with the Golden State Warriors.

The Spurs currently rank first among active franchises for the highest winning percentage in NBA history and have a winning head-to-head regular season record against every active NBA franchise.

According to Wikipedia, the Spurs have won 22 division titles in their 40 NBA seasons since 1976–77. They have made the playoffs in 27 of the last 28 seasons (since 1989–90) and have only missed the playoffs four times since entering the NBA.

The Spurs have not missed the playoffs in the 20 seasons since Tim Duncan was drafted by the Spurs in 1997. With their 50th win in the 2016–17 season, the Spurs extended their record for most consecutive 50-win seasons to 18. Since the 1997–98 season, the Spurs have had 20 consecutive seasons with a winning percentage of .610 or greater during the regular season which is also an NBA record.

The team's success during this period coincides with the tenure of current head coach Gregg Popovich, who had been the team's general manager before replacing Bob Hill in 1996.

The Spurs started out as the Dallas Chaparrals in the ABA. The Chaparrals were one of 11 teams to take the floor in the inaugural season of the upstart ABA.

During the 1970-71 season, the team suffered from poor attendance, forcing them to drop the name "Dallas" in favor of "Texas." They also tried to promote the team by playing games in Fort Worth and Lubbock. However, it was a failure, and the team returned full-time to Dallas in time for the 1971–72 season, splitting their games at Moody Coliseum and Dallas Convention Center Arena.

In 1973, a group of six San Antonio businessmen, led by Manager/Angelo Drossos, Chairman of the Board/John Schaefer and President/Red McCombs, worked out a "lend-lease" deal with the Dallas ownership group.

Drossos and his group would lease the team for three years and move it to San Antonio, and agreed to return the team to Dallas if no purchase occurred by 1975. After the deal was signed, the team was renamed the San Antonio Gunslingers. However, before they even played a game the name was changed to Spurs.

The team's primary colors were changed from the red, white, and blue of the Chaparrals to the now familiar black, silver and white motif of the Spurs. The Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and New York Nets moved to the NBA for the 1976–77 season.

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