I always hear people saying things like "I've been a Spurs fan all my life." and "I remember when the Spurs were..." Unfortunately for me I can't say either of these things. I only recently became a Spurs fan. In fact I only recently became a fan of basketball. All the hoopla with the offseason trades, signings, draft, summer league, injuries and expectations for the season to come has made me think about when I first became a Spurs fan.
Like I said, I actually only recently became a fan of NBA basketball; a true fan. I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and I didn't have much access to NBA games. I would hear stories about the happenings of the NBA at the time but never really took interest. It wasn't till I came to New York that I became an actual fan of the NBA. At first, it was mainly to fit in with everyone else because I had just moved here and I quickly found out that if you had no sports team to root for (or if you chose the wrong team, damn those Jets -_-) you were made fun of. (or at least I was)
I came in 2004 and at the end of my first school year the biggest topic at school was the 2005 NBA Finals. Everyone was talking about it but strangely no one was arguing, like they usually do. The entire school was in agreement that the 2005 NBA champions would be the Detroit Pistons. Um...ok so that means these other guys are the underdogs right? So then finally I get to watch a game. The first (full) NBA game I ever saw was game 2 of that series. And that's when I became a fan. Everyone chose Detroit to win the series so I decided to choose The Spurs and not fit in. (suicide at my school) I would have faced humiliation of epic proportions had the Spurs lost but I needed a team and I found one. They didn't let me down either. You wouldn't believe how sweet it was to have bragging rights over everyone in the school, that was sweet.
Four years later I'm still a fan. I've stuck with the Spurs through wins, losses, injuries, more wins and championships. I love being a Spurs fan and now I'm actually a fan of the NBA so whereas before I would just pick the Spurs to win because I liked them, now when I pick them to win I could tell you why. I have a lot of expectations for this new season and October 28th seems like so far away, but I know that, once again, the Spurs won't let me down.
Well that's my story, hope you were not too bored. If you want to you can tell why you became a fan, I would like to hear about why other Spurs fans became Spurs fans.