Losing a finals series is never easy, but sacrificing a 3-1 lead - the first time it has ever happened in NBA finals history - is almost unbearable.
The Golden State Warriors' incredible regular season record counted for nothing as they spectacularly collapsed at the last hurdle. A defeat of that magnitude has the ability to completely destroy a team moving forward.
However, the early signs are good for the organisation; Kevin Durant has joined what was already a stacked roster and the Dubs are seen as the outright favourites to regain their crown.
Before signing Durant had even become a reality for the franchise, somebody had to pick up the pieces. And 2015 finals MVP Andre Iguodala was the man who fit the bill.
The experienced 32-year-old reminded his teammates that there was a chance at redemption and insisted it was not the end of the line for an organisation that had forgotten what it was like to lose.
According to Connor Letourneau, Warriors beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, Iggy told his teammates: “Losing this game might propel us to win four championships.”
Many great teams have bounced back from bitter defeats. But the Warriors have a very new look to their roster after a hectic offseason. If they are to win a title, a number of last season's losers will not be on hand to taste redemption.