• Conquistadors Team Formation

    The franchise was founded by Leonard Bloom as the ABA’s first—and as it turned out, only—expansion team. But a feud between Bloom and Peter Graham, manager of the city-owned 14,400 seat San Diego Sports Arena, led Graham to lock the newborn team out of the facility for two years. By the time the conflict was resolved in the fall of 1974, it was too late for a weakened franchise that had been forced to play, in the interim, at such bandboxes as Peterson Gym (3,200 seats) and Golden Hall (sports venue), a multipurpose facility.

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  • Pulled Off a Coup – Wilt

    After reaching the 1973 ABA Playoffs in their inaugural season, the Q’s seemingly pulled off a coup by paying center Wilt Chamberlain $600,000 to become their player-coach. But the Los Angeles Lakers sued to block their former star from playing for his new team. Relegated to a sideline role, Chamberlain was reduced to an indifferent, 7-foot-1-inch sideshow who once skipped a game in favor of an autograph session for his recently published autobiography. (His fill-in, on that and other occasions, was Stan Albeck, who later skippered the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets of the NBA.) Nonetheless, the team again reached the postseason, bowing out in the first round, for the second year in a row, in the 1974 ABA Playoffs.

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Originally called the San Diego Conquistadors (popularly known as the "Q's"), they played from 1972 to 1975.

The franchise was founded by Leonard Bloom as the ABA's first—and as it turned out, only - expansion team. But a feud between Bloom and Peter Graham, manager of the city-owned 14,400 seat San Diego Sports Arena, led Graham to lock the newborn team out of the facility for two years. By the time the conflict was resolved in the fall of 1974, it was too late for a weakened franchise that had been forced to play, in the interim, at such bandboxes as Peterson Gym (3,200 seats) and Golden Hall (sports venue), a multipurpose facility.

Established
1972

City
San Diego

League History
1972 – 1975 / American Basketball Association

Team History
1975 / San Diego Sails
1972 – 1975 / San Diego Conquistadors

Nickname
Conquistadors – The name derives from a small group of adventurers who took part in the Spanish conquest of South and Central America in the 16th century.

Championship
ABA Championships  0

Who is the greatest San Diego Conquistadors?

Arena
1974 – 1975 / San Diego Sports Arena
1973 – 1974 / Golden Hall
1972 – 1973 / Peterson Gym

Owner
1975 / Frank Goldberg
1972 – 1975 / Leonard Bloom

Coaches
1975 / Bill Musselman
1974 – 1975 / Alex Groza and Beryl Shipley
1973 – 1974 / Wilt Chamberlain
1972 – 1973 / K.C. Jones

*Blue is this team’s history

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