I read recently about how a fellow fan became a Spurs fan and it got me reflecting on how I myself became a Spurs fan, more than 1100 miles away from San Antonio.
Growing up I was a Boston fan. My grandfather was a Celtics fan and loved them. My sister was even born on the same day they won the NBA Finals in 1986. My favorite player was Paul Pierce. The Celtics were all I knew from a young age.
That was until I went out with my dad. We drove off from Target, me with a fresh pack of basketball cards in my hand at only 9 years old. I opened it up and reveled a Tim Duncan card. My dad looks over and just says 'Tim Duncan, great player, going to win MVP this year' I nodded not thinking much of it. I was flipping through channels later those playoffs in 2002 and saw the Spurs and was awed by Tim Duncan and David Robinson. With my dad explaining the intricacies of Pop and the Spurs. I was hooked from then on. I molded my game to match theirs. I spend hours practicing Tim Duncan's bank shot.
Growing up in Florida, just outside of Orlando, many of my friends were Magic fans. They all loved Tracy McGrady, but I was watching the Spurs. They made fun of me, calling the Spurs boring with no excitement. All I did was smile and say 'at least we win'.
I remember watching the Spurs play Kidd and Jefferson in 2003, the great Pistons team in 2005, and Lebron lead Cavs in 2007. I loved every second and stood strong while everyone asked why the Spurs. Tim Duncan showed me a different side of basketball that I feel changed my game as a big man in high school. Tony Parker dazzled me with his floater and Ginobili still to this day amazes me with what he can do.
I got an opportunity in 2012 to finally attend a game in San Antonio. I had been to several in Orlando, but nothing was like seeing them up close in San Antonio. What made it even better was the Spurs demolished the Knicks.
Players have come and gone, but the Big Three and Pop are still around now in a rematch with the Heat. Living in Florida, Heat fans are everywhere, never giving up an opportunity to brag about how they beat the Spurs in 2013. The day the Big 3 retire with Pop will be a sad day for me, but everyone Im around will rejoice at the 'boring' spurs finally being irrelevant. Ill stay strong with the future and Kawhi Leonard leading this team. Being a Spurs fan in florida is hard, but I wouldn't have it any other way.