The agony of defeat often surpasses the joy of winning.
After a loss in Game 2 (albeit a controversial one), Oklahoma City's first and only home loss of this postseason, the Thunder began a four-game losing streak that was their longest since 2009 and ended their landmark season in bittersweet disappointment. Many people see this second-place finish as a stepping stone to becoming a championship team, but I have my doubts.
General manager Sam Presti has done an excellent job building this team, but it remains to be seen how long the core of the Thunder remains intact in the long-term future.
Plus, with the Orlando Magic plucking OKC's Assistant GM Rob Hennigan as their new general manager, it appears that teams are either copying the Oklahoma City way or looking at players, coaches and personnel people from the Thunder to bring to their team.
This offseason is very important for the Thunder, as it could either lead to the makings of a dynasty, or the beginning of the end of Oklahoma City's reign as a championship contender. The five things the future holds for Oklahoma City will be the biggest challenges the young Thunder franchise has ever had to face.