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Draymond Green says he and his Warriors teammates "want to break" the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls' record 72-win season. (Jim Mone/AP)

If Warriors want 73, why deny the dream?

Millennials live in the now. They don’t want to hear about tomorrow…

Draymond Green says he and his Warriors teammates "want to break" the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls' record 72-win season. (Jim Mone/AP)
Quarterback Jared Goff says playing for the 49ers “would be awesome.” But does anyone in their right mind want to join Trent Baalke, left, and Jed York aboard the derailing train that is the San Francisco 49ers? (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2015 AP)

Does Goff really want 49ers’ chaos?

So now we know why the 49ers aren’t spending much on free…

Quarterback Jared Goff says playing for the 49ers “would be awesome.” But does anyone in their right mind want to join Trent Baalke, left, and Jed York aboard the derailing train that is the San Francisco 49ers? (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2015 AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green tangles with San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kevin Martin during the first half of Saturday's game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 87-79. (Darren Abate/AP)

Curry, Warriors have met the enemy

What, you thought it would be a three-month game of hopscotch, a…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green tangles with San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kevin Martin during the first half of Saturday's game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 87-79. (Darren Abate/AP)
Adam Laroche and his son Drake, left, were told by Kenny Williams, center, to not come to the Chicago White Sox clubhouse anymore. Chris Sale, right, was quite upset about that decision. (John Lochner, Jae C. Hong, Adam Hunger/AP)

A father, a son and a cold baseball franchise

It shouldn’t be lost on Ken Williams why a father-son bond is…

Adam Laroche and his son Drake, left, were told by Kenny Williams, center, to not come to the Chicago White Sox clubhouse anymore. Chris Sale, right, was quite upset about that decision. (John Lochner, Jae C. Hong, Adam Hunger/AP)
Cuonzo Martin shouldn’t be back next season if it turns out he knew of his assistant’s misbehavior and didn’t act. (Jeff Chiu/2014 AP)

If he knew and didn’t tell, Martin must go

Know this: If Cuonzo Martin failed to urgently address a glaring red…

Cuonzo Martin shouldn’t be back next season if it turns out he knew of his assistant’s misbehavior and didn’t act. (Jeff Chiu/2014 AP)
Steve Kerr has been the catalyst that took the Warriors from a good team to a transcendent force in the NBA. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Coach of the year? Kerr’s impact spans the ages

My breaking point came when broadcaster Jim Barnett, paid by the Warriors…

Steve Kerr has been the catalyst that took the Warriors from a good team to a transcendent force in the NBA. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Johnny Cueto should've been wearing a helmet on the mound when he was drilled in spring training on Monday. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Why wasn’t Cueto wearing headgear?

And to think pitchers are worried about image, cosmetics, how they might…

Johnny Cueto should've been wearing a helmet on the mound when he was drilled in spring training on Monday. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Cal recruiter Yann Hufnagel was fired Monday after allegations of sexual harassment were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

At Cal, social conscience trumps basketball

This isn’t the sort of March Madness that Cal envisioned, obviously, when…

Cal recruiter Yann Hufnagel was fired Monday after allegations of sexual harassment were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
Baron Davis is so serious about a comeback, he's riding buses and staying in budget hotels in the NBA's minor league with the Delaware 87ers. (Eric Charbonneau/2015 Invision for Sony Pictures via AP)

Baron Davis wants NBA comeback … with Warriors

SANTA CRUZ — His dream seems a bit foggy on a rainy,…

Baron Davis is so serious about a comeback, he's riding buses and staying in budget hotels in the NBA's minor league with the Delaware 87ers. (Eric Charbonneau/2015 Invision for Sony Pictures via AP)
While the Niners’ boy CEO Jed York refuses to make moves and plants trade rumors in the media, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, above, is making moves to put his team in contention in 2016 and beyond. (Richard Drew/AP)

As 49ers play stupid Kap tricks, Raiders get serious

Somehow, it all makes total, ridiculous sense. The 49ers, the smug franchise…

While the Niners’ boy CEO Jed York refuses to make moves and plants trade rumors in the media, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, above, is making moves to put his team in contention in 2016 and beyond. (Richard Drew/AP)
Stephen Curry is an American treasure who has no problem holstering his ego to have some fun with the children in Oakland.(Adm Golub/Invision for Brita/AP)

Never, ever take Curry for granted

‘How much sugar is there in a glass of water?” a teacher…

Stephen Curry is an American treasure who has no problem holstering his ego to have some fun with the children in Oakland.(Adm Golub/Invision for Brita/AP)
The Denver Broncos are mulling replacing the newly retired Peyton Manning with disgruntled 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. The Niners braintrust should accept the picks and not let John Elway hear them laughing from Santa Clara. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Kap (LOL!) to Denver? Opens door for Goff

Excuse me for stifling a laugh and tweeting a LOL emoji. But…

The Denver Broncos are mulling replacing the newly retired Peyton Manning with disgruntled 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. The Niners braintrust should accept the picks and not let John Elway hear them laughing from Santa Clara. (Jack Dempsey/AP)
On night of 24 turnovers, Stephen Curry saved the Warriors with 41 points. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Amid more history, Warriors dealt needed jolts

You call it a burp, a brain fart, a passage of exhaust…

On night of 24 turnovers, Stephen Curry saved the Warriors with 41 points. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Peyton Manning told the Denver Broncos he plans to retire on Sunday. He has the all-time records for MVP awards, game-winning drives, touchdowns and passing yards, among others. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Manning smartest, but Montana still best

Muhammad Ali stayed too long on the ropes, suffering poundings that led…

Peyton Manning told the Denver Broncos he plans to retire on Sunday. He has the all-time records for MVP awards, game-winning drives, touchdowns and passing yards, among others. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh signs University of Michigan helmets during Spring Training in Bradenton, Fla. The former 49ers head coach has irked plenty of coaches from the SEC by being so visible on their stomping grounds. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Harbaugh is smarter, bolder than the rest

Oh, if only Jed York could have grinned, chilled, managed Jim Harbaugh…

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh signs University of Michigan helmets during Spring Training in Bradenton, Fla. The former 49ers head coach has irked plenty of coaches from the SEC by being so visible on their stomping grounds. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with teammates as his team jumps ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday in Oakland. Golden State won 121-106. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

44 straight: Scram, Michael Jordan

They deserve a new arena in the big, rich, progressive city across…

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with teammates as his team jumps ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday in Oakland. Golden State won 121-106. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
On paper, Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors would create an unstoppable team, destined for several championships. There's only one problem: Basketball games aren't played on paper. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

A Durant rant: Warriors should say no

If they weren’t 54-5 this season and 137-25 over the last 16…

On paper, Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors would create an unstoppable team, destined for several championships. There's only one problem: Basketball games aren't played on paper. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 109-105 in overtime. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The trick: Winning 73 while resting Curry

That was Draymond Green, ha ha, strutting downcourt and laughing as the…

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 109-105 in overtime. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Draymond Green says he won't throw another halftime tirade again, but can the Warriors be sure? (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Green lucky that Kerr is a bigger man

If the report is true that Steve Kerr told Draymond Green to…

Draymond Green says he won't throw another halftime tirade again, but can the Warriors be sure? (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Steph Curry continues to do the unprecedented, only to top it, prompting the sports world to ask what’s next on his joyride.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Defining moments just beginning

And the Oscar goes to ... no, sorry, not heading there. Someone…

Steph Curry continues to do the unprecedented, only to top it, prompting the sports world to ask what’s next on his joyride.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)