As the Spurs ran away with the League early on this season, it seemed that the rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated. Sure, Gregg Popovich was his usual self-effacing self, but as they continued to build the League's best record, it was hard to accept that they WEREN'T contenders. (Meanwhile, Charles Barkley never wavered on the Mavs being the best team in Texas—well played, Chuck.) Well, the Bulls caught them for the best record, the freaking Grizzlies knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round, and...yikes.