In any good story, there are heroes and villains. The San Antonio Spurs have had more than their share of heroes that have led the team to glory and made the city proud. In those journeys to triumph, however, were several enemies. These guys made life difficult on the court and off, bashed the organization in the media, or flat-out betrayed San Antonio.
Having followed the Spurs since the mid-90s, many of the names you’ll see in this tournament zipped off my fingertips and onto the keyboard immediately when I started compiling this list. You’ll see all the usual suspects from the last decade that you’d expect to see, but there will also be a healthy mix of nemeses from the early part of San Antonio’s dominant 22-year run.
All in all, I’ve come up with 16 participants that will be vying for the title of The Biggest Spurs Villain of All Time. Naturally, the only way to settle this is with a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament that will be decided by you guys, the loyal readers, and fans of the Spurs.
Round one will consist of four matchups on each half of the bracket: the Silver Conference and the Black Conference. I’ve determined the seedings based on my personal feelings toward each participant as well as how I think the overall Spurs fanbase would rank them, but voting results from Twitter will ultimately decide how accurate I was.
I begin with the Black Conference, featuring loudmouths, bitter old men, and hated Warriors.