Tony Parker was not present in Villeurbanne on Friday to witness his team’s fifth straight defeat in the Euroleague against Valencia (79-83). The president of Asvel was invited the same day as a great former San Antonio Spurs to celebrate the half-century of existence of the Texas franchise, launched in 1973 in what was then the rival league of the NBA, the ‘ABA.
« TP » therefore participated in the establishment of a record by being part of the 68,323 spectators who attended the Alamodome – which was the official hall of the Spurs from 1993 to 2002 before giving way to the AT & T Center – their loss to Golden State (113-144). A match without suspense since the Warriors escaped from the first minutes (4-17, 5th) and were no longer worried.
This total greatly surpasses the previous record which dated from the last century. On March 27, 1998 in Chicago, 62,046 spectators attended one of Michael Jordan’s last regular season matches in the Bulls jersey, winning against Atlanta (89-74). « The fans had fun although we got kicked in the ass, they seem to have had a lot of fun, so there must have been a lot of beers sold »reacted Gregg Popovich, the coach who led the Spurs to five titles in their history (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014), with his usual tongue-in-cheek humor.