SAN ANTONIO SPURS RELEASE NFT COLLECTION

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In honor of their head coach Gregg Popovich’s all-time wins, the San Antonio Spurs have issued an NFT collection. The NBA team unveiled the “1,336 Coach Pop NFT Collection,” which will include 1,336 non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Popovich set an NBA record by winning his 1,336th regular-season game on Friday, the most of any coach in the league.

Each of the 1,336 animated NFTs includes a random mix of five hand-drawn Popovich plays as well as the five Spurs court designs that have served as the playing surface for each of his 26 seasons in San Antonio. Coach Pop’s signature is incorporated on each NFT, and iconic Spurs plays like “Loop Shields” and “Lock and Lob” are combined with traditional Spurs courts like the “Spurs Icon” and “Original Spurs Fiesta Logo.” The physical play card autographed by Coach Pop will also be given to auction winners, as well as a unique VIP Spurs experience with up to four courtside seats next season, courtesy of the San Antonio Food Bank. The five unique NFTs will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The remaining 1,331 NFTs will be sold for 0.1 Ethereum each.

Fans may only bid or buy an exclusive piece of basketball history using Ethereum, which is available exclusively on OpenSea. To join, fans must create an OpenSea account and a crypto wallet, such as a MetaMask Wallet. As a result, instead of using credit cards as in other mainstream collections, customers will have to purchase NFTs using Ethereum.

The Spurs and the San Antonio Food Bank have a long-standing collaboration, and 100% of the revenues from this historic collection will directly benefit the fight against hunger and feed hope to the San Antonio and Southwest Texas communities.

Popovich has guided the Spurs to five NBA championships and has the third-most playoff wins (170) in league history, as well as the record for the most consecutive winning regular seasons (23 in a row, from 1997 to 2019). Coach Pop is the longest-tenured active coach in all four major sports leagues in the United States, having won three NBA Coach of the Year awards. Popovich guided Team USA to a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics as the head coach of the USA Basketball Senior Men’s National Team from 2017 to 20.