This season, the N.B.A., including the San Antonio Spurs, will have throwback nights to celebrate the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) 45th anniversary during the NBA Hardwood Classics series.
Today, the Spurs unveiled their throwback jerseys which will honor their origins — the Dallas Chaparrals.
The Chaparrals played six seasons in Dallas from 1967 to 1973. During the summer of 1973 a group of San Antonio businessmen led by Red McCombs, Angelo Drossos, John Schaefer and Art Burdick negotiated a three-year deal to leasethe Chaparrals and move the team to San Antonio. The ownership group consisting of 35 stockholders changed the name of the team to the Spurs. Later that year, as support grew for the team, the stockholders arranged to purchase the team from the Dallas group and make San Antonio a permanent home. The Spurs played three seasons in the ABA before joining the NBA in 1976, along with the Nuggets, Pacers and Nets.
The Spurs will wear the these uniforms this Feb. 11 at New Jersey (a former ABA team), Feb. 18 at L.A. Clippers and March 31 against another former ABA team, the Indiana Pacers.
Though I would have liked to see San Antonio use the old black and white, George Gervin-esque jerseys, what do you think of the throwback jerseys Spurs fans?