December 10 in San Antonio history…
On the 25th anniversary of the station, WOAI-TV changes call letters to KMOL.
Despite winning 121 games in the previous two regular seasons, Spurs head coach Bob Hill was let go after a 3-15 start to the 1996-97 season and replaced as head coach by Gregg Popovich, previously executive vice-president of the Spurs. Before accepting the job, Popovich’s previous head coaching experience was limited to eight seasons with Pomona-Pitzer College in California in the 1980s. San Antonio finished 17-47 under Popovich en route to a franchise-worst 20-62 record. The team’s fortunes changed immediately after the season when it won the NBA’s draft lottery and qualified to pick Tim Duncan in the draft. After that, Popovich has taken every team he has coached to the playoffs, winning four NBA titles en route to a certain enshrinement in the Hall of Fame after his retirement. (courtesy SpursNation)