Something's up with the Golden State Warriors. For the better part of two decades, the on-court product in Oakland has ranged from halfway decent to downright dreadful, with most seasons skewing toward the latter.
So how is it that the Warriors have managed to sell out game after game while retaining their rabid fans through such a long stretch of ugly play?
It's a bit of an oversimplification to call Warrior fans naive or gullible. But given the unwavering support during years of ineptitude, it's tempting to go there.
Really, it's more accurate to say that most Warrior fans tend to adopt a glass-half-full approach when it comes to their beloved Dubs. Perpetual optimism, revisionist history and some pretty forgiving hindsight have helped Warrior fans preserve hopeful attitudes through some pretty dark times.
Unfortunately, the same things that have kept Oracle roaring have given way to some pretty misguided perceptions of the players wearing the Blue and Gold. Because that sort of unwavering optimism can't coexist with objective analysis. The two don't mix.
So, having chosen optimism over objectivity, most Warrior fans have sacrificed their ability to make impartial assessments of their team's players. Warrior fans tend to believe what they want to believe about their beloved Dubs, and no amount of statistical evidence or factually supported opinion is likely to dissuade them.
And that type of attitude has given rise to a few stubbornly misguided opinions about this season's edition of the Warriors.
Here are a few myths about the 2012-13 Dubs that need busting.