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The Spurs lost to the Lakers in the Conference SemiFinals of the 2008 NBA Playoffs.
They were the 2007-2008 NBA champions after beating the Cleveland Cavs in the finals. They beat the favored Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, and the Utah Jazz in for the Western Conference Championship.
The Spurs are based in San Antonio, Texas.
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The Spurs future looks bright with Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker contracted till 2009 or longer. Additionally the Spurs salary cap is considerably lighter with trades of Rasho Nesterovic and Eric Williams.
Early Franchise History
The Spurs started out as the American Basketball Association's Dallas Chaparrals. Player/Coach Cliff Hagan led them to the playoffs but they fell to the New Orleans Buccaneers. The city didn't really support the Spurs and they changed their name to the Texas Chaparrals during the 1970-1971 season and playing in regional venues but that didn't work out. In 1971-1972 the Spurs returned full-time to Dallas. They missed the playoffs in 1972-1973 and were immediately put up for sale.
A group of San Antonio businessmen leased the team and relocated them as the San Antonio Gunslingers. Before game one was played the team name was changed to Spurs.
They lost their 1st game to the San Diego Conquistadors, but were cheered on by noisy fans. The team image was defensive and they contained teams to less than 100 points a game for an ABA record 49 times. James Silas led the team and they acquired Rookie of the Year Swen Nater and the Iceman George Gervin. The Spurs fell in the playoffs to the Indiana Pacers in 7 games.
Playoffs eluded them but they were still in top echelon of the ABA. When the ABA folded in 1976 they were admitted to the NBA. The Spurs, Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers and the New York Nets agreed to pay the owners of Spirits of St. Louis a portion of their TV profits during their NBA tenure.