First reactions: Spurs unveil 50th anniversary logo

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Fifty years of championships and culture will combine for the 2022-23 NBA season as the San Antonio Spurs mark a milestone year in the franchise’s history. On Friday, May 13, the Spurs unveiled a special logo and accompanying hype video to preview the celebration that will begin in the fall. 

The video shows clips of pivotal points in Spurs history, dating back to their time in the American Basketball Association. The footage ends with the reveal of the logo, which has a David Robinson-esque feel to it. The number 50, his jersey number, is edged with gold banners. One says “Est. 1973” and the other has five stars denoting the team’s titles, giving the design a military-like aesthetic. 

The Spurs tell MySA that the special anniversary logo will be featured “prominently” throughout the season. 

On Oct. 10, 1973, nearly 6,000 fans crowded into the famed HemisFair Arena to watch the ABA debut of the newly named San Antonio Spurs against the San Diego Conquistadors. Former fan favorites such as George Karl and James Silas led the team under the direction of coach Tom Nissalke. George Gervin was added to the team soon after.

After only three years in the ABA, the San Antonio Spurs joined the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, and Indiana Pacers as the four clubs became part of the NBA on June 17, 1976, as part of a merger deal between the two rival leagues. The Spurs played their first NBA game on Oct. 22, 1976.

Here’s what fans are saying about the new Spurs logo:

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