Dallas Chaparrals

Sport Basketball
Country United States United States
Home town Dallas, Texas
Founding year 1967
Leagues American Basketball Association

The Dallas Chaparrals were a professional basketball team playing with the American Basketball Association since 1967. The Chaparrals are now known as the San Antonio Spurs who play in the National Basketball Association.

The Dallas Chaparrals were found in Dallas, Texas in 1967. The Chaparrals were among the 11 teams who played in the first year of the ABA’s formation. The team was named after a bird found in the southwest region, also known as a roadrunner. The team logo was a blue chaparral bird dribbling a basketball across an outline of Texas with Chaparrals written in red. The team colors were Blue, White and Red. The team played their home games at the Moody Coliseum and the Dallas convention Center.

In 1967, in their very first year in the ABA, the Chaparrals finished second in the Western Division with a record of 46 wins and 32 losses. The team was coached by player and coach Cliff Hagan. In 1969, Cliff Hagan retired from playing and was a full time coach. However, his coaching style failed and Max Williams was hired as the new coach for the Chaparrals. The team displayed mediocre skills and did not advance ahead of the playoffs in all the years. This resulted in loss of attendance in the matches. In 1970, in an attempt to appeal to a wider regional audience the team was renamed as the Texas Chaparrals. The Chaparrals who were based in Dallas started playing at Fort Worth and Lubbock in Texas. The idea of attracting larger regional crowds by changing their name failed when the Chaparrals finished with a record of 30 wins and 54 losses. The Chaparrals who still managed to qualify for the playoffs lost four consecutive games against the Utah Stars and returned to play at Dallas, changing their name back to Dallas Chaparrals. In 1972, playing as the Dallas Chaparrals once again, the team managed to finish third and recorded 42 wins and 42 losses. In 1972, the Chaparrals missed the playoffs for the first time and finished fifth with an awful 28 wins and 56 losses. The end of the season saw the team being sold to a group of businessman on an agreement that if the team fails to perform in three seasons they will be moved back to Dallas. The Dallas Chaparrals where thus relocated to San Antonio, Texas. Here, the Chaparrals were christened as the San Antonio Spurs.

In a total of 408 games that the team played as the Dallas Chaparrals in the ABA, they won 202 games and lost 206 games.

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