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The team with the best regular-season record in the Western Conference the past two years hasn't been the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Los Angeles Lakers, but the San Antonio Spurs.
In both 2010-11 and 2011-12, the Spurs were the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. What they did in the playoffs is a different story, but in the regular season the Spurs are not a team to mess with. They are well coached and have a deep roster with numerous big-time veterans, including Tim Duncan, Manu Ginóbili and Tony Parker.
While the Lakers and the Thunder will steal most of the headlines early in the season, the Spurs will once again slide under the radar, only to be discovered and praised after all the dust settles. Everyone will gush about how the Spurs do it the right way, how good of a coach Gregg Popovich is and how Tim Duncan is an all-time great.
Despite all the coverage and praise the Spurs will receive this season if they play well, it still won't be enough to convince the general public that the Spurs are an entertaining team. People love the storylines that go with the Heat, Thunder, Celtics and Lakers. The Spurs never have any compelling, drama-filled narratives, which is the real reason most people find them boring.