LeBron James' debut for the Los Angeles Lakers opened with two thunderous dunks and closed with a loss.
And then the Warriors will have to start all over again. A new arena is opening in Milwaukee, eight teams will have new coaches, and everyone will be looking to see if the Warriors can win a third straight title.
WHO WINS?: After a record four years of the same NBA Finals matchup with Golden State and Cleveland, the NBA seems headed for something new. "We're not going to be almost as good tomorrow as we will be down the road".
"It gears you up, feeds that hunger and want to get back and get better in the thick of things".
Kerr, meanwhile, admitted that the banner-raising game was always a personal highlight of the season.
"If they don't win, it's a failure", Memphis guard Mike Conley Jr. said.
When you think they're invincible, they can be beaten. "In fact, we're trying to use it as something to grow a bond in our group". Well, we just may have to take his word for it. Multiple other players have the potential to become All-Stars for years to come, too.
Everything in the West just got a little harder and it's all because of that one man. "Our time in the off-season has been so crunched these last four years so you have to make the most out of every single day". We've got to win a 'chip. "And that's a goal for us". We kind of, a little bit, we kind of know what it takes to nearly get there. "So we'll get a good amount of guys out there".
No longer can teams rest on the fact James is in the Eastern Conference, and there's no chance they will have to face him until the Finals. He's teamed up with talented young players like Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, and former rivals like Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson.
"I liked the way we shared the ball as well", James said. "... He made a nice three, but I think more it was the energy plays that he made and kept our momentum going". "And when I do it at the level I do it at, everything else takes care of itself".
James led the league in minutes last season, playing 36.9 a night for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Last season was also the first time in his 15 seasons that James played all 82 regular-season games.
This season likely marks the last one at Oracle Arena before the Warriors move across the San Francisco Bay into the Chase Center in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood.
The Warriors have been a dominant force in basketball but Kerr is not expecting Golden State to hit the ground running against the Thunder, who could be without star guard Russell Westbrook.
"I liked our fight to get back in the game", James said. "Watching that game, you were already excited at home because it's so much intensity they're playing with". If they stay healthy, it's tough to beat them. "The glow won't wear down until you get beaten".