WITH FOUR TITLES
IN NINE SEASONS THE SPURS HAVE BEEN A FORCE TO BE reckoned with in the NBA, but
that was not always the case. The franchise went 22 seasons before claiming the
NBA's grandest prize. The team's first mention on SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's front
page came during David Robinson's rookie year in San Antonio, but not until
after Tim Duncan hit town, in '97, did the Spurs become a regular cover
subject. With the emphatic victory over LeBron James and the Cavaliers, it's
certain that Duncan and his long arms will continue to grace SI's covers for a
long time to come.
Super rookie David Robinson led the Spurs to 56 wins.
MARCH 7, 1994
Robinson won the scoring title but was MVP runner-up.
MAY 29, 1995
Dennis Rodman's defensive style made him a cover story.
JUNE 28, 1999
Avery Johnson (6) battled Marcus Camby and the Knicks in the Spurs' first trip
to the NBA Finals.
APRIL 29, 1996
Robinson led an exemplary life, on and off the court.
JULY 5, 1999
After 10 seasons Robinson had a ring and vindication.
MAY 31, 1999
Tim Duncan turned back Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to help the Spurs make their
first NBA Finals appearance.
JULY 7, 1999
SI commemorated the Spurs' first title with a special issue.
JUNE 9, 2003
The Spurs advanced to the Finals, led by the league MVP.