The San Antonio Spurs will start the season on October 1, when they open up training camp at their practice facility in San Antonio. Last season, because of the labor dispute teams had to adjust their philosophy on how they managed their team.
The Spurs caught plenty of criticism from the national media about sitting players out from games and on some occasions not making some road trips. In the end, the plan worked. The Spurs went to the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The youth movement that had taken the Spurs to the number one seed in the regular season was not able to continue that success in the championship series against the Thunder. The big 3 of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker carried the bulk of the load for that series.
This years the Spurs will have the opportunity have regular practice sessions with the younger players. Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard and other new additions will have the opportunity to get more familiar with the Spurs system in practice and not in game situations.
The Spurs will play in a new alternate jersey that will be worn during the upcoming 2012-13 NBA season. The uniforms will be silver jerseys with black trim feature the Spurs iconic secondary logo prominently on the front. The alternate jerseys will debut at the home opener vs. the Thunder on Nov. 1 and be worn during multiple home games throughout the season.
“We are introducing a new and unique Spurs jersey this coming season,” said Rick Pych, Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations. “The new design simply features our iconic ‘spur’ logo and it is positioned over the heart as it has such enormously deep roots with our team, fans and the entire community. It’s the first-ever NBA jersey logo without any writing or peripheral design on the front of the jersey and we’re very glad to be introducing this new use of the classic icon of the Spurs to our fans.”
The new silver jersey features a distinct, modern look with the Spurs trademark alternate logo prominently featured over the heart on the front, the number resting on the right breast and black and white vertical stripes along the side panel. The familiar Spurs primary logo is represented above the number on the back of the jersey and the accompanying shorts continue the black and white striped side panel and feature a “SA” monogram logo on the left leg.
“Our traditional uniforms have a very classic look and our new jerseys are a nice alternative to keep things fresh,” said Spurs Guard Green.
The Spurs will open the preseason at the ATT Center against Montepaschi Siena. Sienna is from Italy. This will be the third time the Spurs have hosted a Euroleague team during the preseason at the AT&T Center. The Spurs have welcomed two Greek teams in 2007, the Spurs hosted Panathinaikos and in 2009 they played Olympiacos.