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What is the history of the San Antonio Spurs?

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The San Antonio Spurs were established in 1967 as an American Basketball Association team. The Spurs joined the National Basketball Association in 1976. The team has won five NBA championships as of 2015.

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The Spurs began as the Dallas Chaparrals. The team relocated to San Antonio and adopted its current name in 1973. The team's first great player was George "The Iceman" Gervin, acquired by the Spurs in 1973. Gervin led the league in scoring four times during his Spurs career, which spanned most of the 1970s and early 1980s. The Spurs reached three conference finals during Gervin's tenure.

Following Gervin's departure, the Spurs experienced a steep decline. However, this allowed the team to receive the number one pick in the 1987 draft, which was used on future Hall of Fame center David Robinson. The Spurs hired coach Larry Brown in 1988, and the combination resulted in a marked improvement for the team.

Robinson was injured for most of the 1996-1997 season, which caused the Spurs to have a terrible year. However, this led to the Spurs having the number one pick in the 1997 draft, which allowed them to select Tim Duncan. Gregg Popovich took over the coaching position the following year.

The combination of Robinson and Duncan led to the Spurs' first championship win in 1999. The Spurs won a second championship in Robinson's final season in 2003. Duncan, along with notable players Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, also led the Spurs to titles in 2005, 2007 and 2014.

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