The lying began in earnest Monday.

That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title.

They were lying.

“It’s not uncommon this time of year, everyone’s optimistic,” Minnesota coach/president of basketball ops Tom Thibodeau said.

Can we just fast-forward to spring and align somebody from the East against the defending champ Warriors and be done with it?

The Warriors say they want to do exactly what they did last year, when they beat Cleveland in five Finals games.

“Just do more of it,” Kevin Durant said.

With basically the same guys and some new imports on the bench.

“Because of the way we play, everybody touches the ball,” Stephen Curry said. “Everybody is involved. Everybody should be a threat when they’re on the floor.”

Figure the Warriors won’t be invited to the White House next year, either.