Over the course of his 7-year career, things have never been quite so different for Warriors star Draymond Green. His star teammates are aging, they are no longer favorites in the West, and the roster has changed more this summer than it has in about five years.
The sense of chemistry, the sense of familiarity, is something they will have to rebuild. For Dray and the Warriors, that is a new feeling.
"A lot different. But it's fun, though.
"Just the lack of familiarity. You get used to a certain thing for so long, and then it's not that. The normal reads that you would make, just kind of second nature, you got to make sure they're there.
"It's just a lot more making sure everyone's on the same page, or getting there. Everybody's not on the same page, which is to be expected, so just getting everybody there is the difference."
As the team adjusts to the new parts, it will be a long process to get everything together -- and a lot of questions that will need answering in the meantime.
How will the loss of Durant and Iguodala affect the team? How will D'Angelo Russell fit into the backcourt with Klay and Curry? Will Klay ever return to All-Star form?
In the midst of it all, there is a Western Conference loaded with more talent than ever. To regain their place at the top, the Warriors will have to go through teams like the Rockets, Lakers, Clippers, and Nuggets.
Suffice it to say, this season will present one of the biggest challenges ever to this current Warriors team. No matter how impossible the odds seem, we have reason to believe they have what it takes to overcome them all.