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Happy birthday to Johnny Moore

The beloved Spurs guard turns 65 today.

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Today, Spurs legend Johnny Moore turns 65. The University of Texas point guard played with the San Antonio Spurs the entirety of his NBA career save one game with the New Jersey Nets (and only ten minutes at that).

Moore was a beacon of light in an otherwise dark portion of the Spurs franchise. He played in the time between George Gervin and David Robinson when the Spurs had their (previously) only consecutive seasons without a playoff berth.

As old school fans will recall, Moore suffered from “Desert Fever,” a rare and mysterious disease he contracted. The treatment involved administering a drug through a hole drilled into his skull.

Moore holds a special place for me as I was one of many adoring adolescent fans he spent time visiting with after a game against the Denver Nuggets back during the HemisFair Arena days.

In his signature, he put quotes around the double-o portion of Moore (stylized as M“oo”re) to signify his jersey number 00, which was retired by the Spurs on March 20, 1998, leaving his legacy hanging in the rafters for all to see.

The 1982 NBA Assist leader is still a part of basketball. He has moved about Texas as a head coach for minor league teams as well as various schools.

Happy birthday, Mr. Moore. We miss your presence and hope you stop by some night to the AT&T Center and talk about the good-old days.

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