Pop on Rodeo Road Trip: ‘It’s an opportunity to come together and concentrate on basketball without too many distractions’

It’s that time of the year when the San Antonio Spurs go on their annual Rodeo Road Trip. This year the road trip will be seven games, starting on Friday night in Atlanta against the Hawks.

This is the 19th edition of this road trip, which started in 2003, and in the past, the Spurs have had a lot of success on this trip. The Spurs’ all-time RRT record is 93-54 (.633). San Antonio has gone .500 or better in 14 of 18 seasons on this Trip, but the past three seasons have not been good. San Antonio is 5-17 in the last three seasons on this trip and was 2-6 last season.

With the Covid-19 protocols in place, the team will not be able to do all the things teams usually do on a road trip, but according to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, this trip could be very positive. 

“It’s important every year,” Popovich said about the Rodeo Road Trip. “It’s an opportunity to come together and concentrate on basketball without too many distractions. It will be a long, tough trip. We can make it real positive and grow from it.”

They’re some very winnable games on this trip. None of the seven teams that San Antonio plays on this trip is over .500, so this could be a chance for the Spurs to rack up some victories. San Antonio has actually played better on the road than at home. San Antonio is 7-8 at home, but they are 7-3 away from AT&T Center.

At 14-11, the Spurs are sixth-seed in the Western Conference. Furthermore, six of the seven teams the Spurs play on this trip are in the Eastern Conference, and the Spurs are 3-0 against Eastern Conference teams. 

Maybe, just maybe, if this trip is a big-time success, the Spurs could move up in the standings out West.

The Spurs will travel 3,879 total miles over 13 days on the Rodeo Road Trip this season, including one back-to-back before returning to the AT&T Center on 2/27.

Rodeo Road Trip Schedule:

@ Atlanta 2/12

@ Charlotte 2/14

@ Detroit 2/16

@ Cleveland 2/17

@ New York 2/20

@ Indiana 2/22

@ Oklahoma City 2/24