And why they need to be understood.
I'm sure many NBA fans would look at this years Warriors and think they're overrated. Just looking at avg pts scored vs given up, it looks like despite our record, we've gotten lucky.
But we all (should) know the details of the situation. We know that one blowout loss was to a stacked Lakers team in LA, without Curry. Our only other big loss was when we were on the 4th game in 5 nights, without Lee. Over the long haul this stuff evens out, but not completely (not every season, sometimes the timing of a schedule just smiles on you way moreso than in other seasons, for instance us getting tough games we were unlikely to win anyway right when Curry got hurt and on the 2nd, not first, of a back to back when Lee got hurt...otherwise we could've lost both games of the back to back, instead of just the 2nd, or if we played a team we'd normally beat when Curry was hurt, only to lose to them.)
Part of why i'm getting into this is to hopefully remind people to remain objective when judging Smart and Nelson. Try, please, to remember when judging them, that Nelson had THE most injured team over the last two years, spread between them fairly evenly. Not only that, Nelson had the team right when they went youth and rebuild, only to then get the most injured, two seasons in a row.
I'm just really pretty sure there will be, by fans and media, a misread of the true differences. Smart is turning out fairly good (although for the life of me i couldn't understand why he had Monta shoot the first 3 techs vs NY when Curry, the far better free throw shooter was in the game. I understand if you're "trying to get the guy going," and that could be why Monta shot the first one, but once they both were doing well, he kept sending Monta to the line when Curry is simply put a far better FT shooter.) Smart is fine so far though. But he couldn't have won the last two years either.
Point is, Nelson looks like he's getting somewhat screwed in the public perception department. I hear other teams' announcers and many of our own fans failing to honestly factor in how injured and ill formed his last two teams were. Conversely, Smart has come into power right when a slew of good moves were made (D Wright, Lee for starters) and, so far, health has been better, at least to the more key players. There's all this talk about the philosophical differences but much of that is due to personnel. Writers like Kawakami, i'm pretty sure, will take their anti Nelson bias and write how much of the improvement is due to coaching, never taking into account how different and better seeming Nelson would look with this bunch of players and health.
All i'm asking is that folks understand NO coach could have done much at all with what Nelson had to work with. But i suppose that's too much to ask us regular fans when a large part of the media doesn't look at this stuff honestly either.