Molding themselves after the Spurs has worked out well for the Thunder. Small markets. Committed and largely hands-off owners. Humble yet dominant superstars.
Yet, Oklahoma City took a turn on the road to being San Antonio.
OKC opens its season Thursday night in the Alamo City in a rematch of the most recent Western Conference finals, and judging by the Lakers' opener, and possible preview of the next.
The Spurs' inclusion in the title conversation is a product of their stability. Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich own the most wins for any player-coach duo in NBA history. Duncan and Tony Parker have played more games together than any set of current teammates. The top three spots in career winning percentage for active players are Manu Ginobili, Parker and Duncan.
Oh yeah, the Spurs' winning percentage over the last 15 years is the best in North American pro sports.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti began his career as an intern in San Antonio. The Spurs won three titl...