Bask in the glow of the Spurs' new H-E-B commercials (with a bonus Tim Duncan spot!)

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Kyle Anderson, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili wait to audition. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)
Kyle Anderson, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili wait to audition. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

After what feels like decades of debates over whether the San Antonio Spurs are fun or boring, I think we've reached a point where the most vociferous folks on either side of the aisle have mostly stopped caring. (Ground-down apathy: the world's premier argument-ender!) That's nice, because it allows us to just look at the Spurs for what they are — a very good team that started a bit slowly after opening the season celebrating last year's title, that has picked up steam over the past week (a 4-1 record with road wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, outscoring opponents by 10.3 points per 100 possessions in that span), that faces another stern test when visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday ... and that sometimes does fun stuff.

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It also allows us to enjoy the new crop of Spurs commercials for the H-E-B supermarket chain — one of the NBA's great little local annual traditions — without having to wield them like a weapon defending the premise that, underneath all the staid silver-and-black fundamental plays and cliché offerings, Gregg Popovich coaches a bunch of silly geese. Now, we can just watch Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, new face of the franchise/repertory player Kawhi Leonard and still-injured but still-joking Patty Mills goof around in service of selling burgers ...

... and Greek yogurt ...

... and organic offerings ...

... and simply appreciate the goofs. That's all some of us ever want in life.

"We have a unique ability to showcase each player’s sense of humor in a way that fans may not see during a courtside or post-game interview," H-E-B Group vice president for marketing and advertising Cory Basso said in a statement unveiling the new spots. "In just 15 seconds, we can give the fans a glimpse into the genuine personality of our hometown team."

And if you're down for a slightly longer look at Duncan's comedic chops, Foot Locker (a national ad appearance for the Big Fundamental!) has got you covered:

Any construct that allows Derrick Rose to look like the more excitable and bombastic of two personalities seems like a winner to me. Great job, everyone.

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