Respect and the San Antonio Spurs

by Ari Temkin

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins needed an update to his wardrobe. While getting ready for Game Two of the 2013 Western Conference Finals, he strolled into downtown San Antonio shopping fixture Penner’s, which touts its longevity “since 1916.” Hollins purchased a couple shirts, and even bought a pair of slacks. Penner’s, known for its in-house tailoring, would not have the pants ready for a couple days. “Don’t worry,” said Hollins, “I’ll be back to pick them up before Game Five.” Penner’s will be shipping the pants to Memphis instead.

The San Antonio Spurs, who dispatched the Grizzlies in four games during the 2013 Western Conference Finals, have won 50 games every season since 1999-2000. In 1998-1999, the Spurs won 37 games, not 50, but only because of the lockout-shortened season. That was also the same season the Spurs won their first ever NBA Championship. The Spurs are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most successful franchise in professional sports over the last 15 years.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.