The San Antonio Spurs enter the 2011-12 NBA season in an unfamiliar position. A 61-21 record usually instills confidence moving forward, but the Spurs sacrificed that privilege after suffering one of the most shocking first-round playoff upsets in recent memory.
San Antonio's penchant for relatively low roster turnover and conservative spending in the free-agent market means that the team rarely garners the buzz it deserves, but this marks the first season where the Spurs aren't widely considered to be a Finals contender.
Has the Duncan-Parker-Ginobili reign actually come to an end, or can this aging trio remain a force to be reckoned with in the West?
Here are seven questions facing the San Antonio Spurs that will be answered over the next six months.