Henryetta native Bob Coleman, a businessman and civic booster who led an investor group that bought the San Antonio Spurs in 1993, died Saturday at age 82.
Coleman's group purchased the Spurs from B.J. "Red" McCombs for $75 million. Among the investors in Coleman's group was The Oklahoma Publishing Company, whose holdings include The Oklahoman and was then owned by the Gaylord family.
Thus began an San Antonio-Oklahoma City basketball connection that 15 years after the Spurs purchase helped land an NBA franchise in OKC.
Oklahoma City Thunder chairman Clay Bennett served on the Spurs board of directors and represented the franchise in league meetings. Bennett later headed the ownership group that purchased the Seattle Supersonics and in 2008 moved them to his hometown
Coleman owned San Antonio-based Texace Corporation, a leading manufacturer of golf hats, caps and visors. He was a 1957 University of Oklahoma graduate who launched the construction of OU's basketball practice facility in 2000 with a $1 million donation to his alma mater.
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