Matt Kolsky

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch addresses the media on July 25, 2018 at Levi's Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Reading the tea leaves: What the 49ers’ combine commentary means for the offseason

The San Francisco 49ers have just under $70 million in cap space,…

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch addresses the media on July 25, 2018 at Levi's Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick. Colin Kaepernick, seen here on the sidelines during a game in his last season with the San Francisco 49ers, has accepted a settlement in his lawsuit against the NFL. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Kolsky: Colin Kaepernick was somewhat vindicated by NFL settlement, but who would sign him?

Ahoy, dear reader, and warmest greetings from the very recent past where…

Colin Kaepernick. Colin Kaepernick, seen here on the sidelines during a game in his last season with the San Francisco 49ers, has accepted a settlement in his lawsuit against the NFL. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers paces during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: San Francisco 49ers fans should look at the rise of Sean McVay and see hope for Kyle Shanahan

Conventionally speaking, the success of the Los Angeles Rams is anathema to…

Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers paces during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) moves to the end zone after a pass from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) as he's defended by the Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (21) on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Kolsky: San Francisco 49ers would be well-served to pass on the opportunity to acquire Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is a great wide receiver. Not good, but great. I’m…

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) moves to the end zone after a pass from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) as he's defended by the Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (21) on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)
Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval and Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf unveil new plans for the Oakland Athletics' stadium at Howard Terminal on Nov. 27, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Bay Area sports teams make New Years resolutions

As a bi-weekly columnist for a local newspaper, I am imbued with…

Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval and Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf unveil new plans for the Oakland Athletics' stadium at Howard Terminal on Nov. 27, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
John Lynch. (Courtesy 49ers)

Kolsky: Why 8-20 under Shanahan is nothing to worry about … yet

The San Francisco 49ers are a resounding disappointment by most reasonable standards.…

John Lynch. (Courtesy 49ers)
John Lynch, Jed York, Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan at the quarterback's introductory press conference in Santa Clara. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Matt Kolsky’s Bay Area Sports Thanksgiving: Giving thanks is easy when things are this good

Happy Thanksgiving, Bay Area sports fans! This is a silly, frivolous column…

John Lynch, Jed York, Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan at the quarterback's introductory press conference in Santa Clara. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Farhan Zaidi addresses the media as he is introduced as the new San Francisco Giants President of Baseball Operations on Nov. 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Farhan Zaidi addresses the media as he is introduced as the new San Francisco Giants President of Baseball Operations on Nov. 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Damian Jones (15) of the Golden State Warriors takes a free throw against of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter on October 12, 2018 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: NBA refs are giving freedom to the wrong movements

One of the great things about the NBA, especially when compared to…

Damian Jones (15) of the Golden State Warriors takes a free throw against of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter on October 12, 2018 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Klay Thompson, seen here on April 12, 2018, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky’s Quick Hits: Warriors and Lakers could be a fun rivalry, MLB playoffs, Drew Brees

Best Coast Rivalry SZN The results of this away-and-away preseason series between…

Klay Thompson, seen here on April 12, 2018, grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Former San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans sits in the home dugout in 2017. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: The San Francisco Giants’ alleged reconstruction feels more like rearranging deck chairs

The San Francisco Giants are mercifully close to the end of another…

Former San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans sits in the home dugout in 2017. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman runs through a drill during practice on Aug. 22, 2018, at the team's Santa Clara practice facility. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Bold predictions for a new NFL season

The NFL season is just around the corner, so it’s time to…

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman runs through a drill during practice on Aug. 22, 2018, at the team's Santa Clara practice facility. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Marshawn Lynch runs through a drill in Napa during a July 28 practice on the first day of Oakland Raiders training camp. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Raiders are Schroedinger’s football team

If you’ve never heard of Schrödinger’s cat, this attempt to explain the…

Marshawn Lynch runs through a drill in Napa during a July 28 practice on the first day of Oakland Raiders training camp. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics' DH Khris Davis warms up in the on-deck circle against the Giants at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Explaining the A’s — How the Oakland Nine became contenders

  It’s August, and the Oakland Athletics are 64-46, sitting 18 games…

Oakland Athletics' DH Khris Davis warms up in the on-deck circle against the Giants at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Second half preview: Should the San Francisco Giants trade Buster Posey?

At the start of July, the San Francisco Giants were 44-40, in…

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
2018 NBA Draft pick Jacob Evans (right) holds up his jersey with Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

A free agent market with few spenders opens a myriad of options to the Golden State Warriors

It’s going to be a fascinating NBA summer, with fewer than 10…

2018 NBA Draft pick Jacob Evans (right) holds up his jersey with Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) lays the ball up against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors NBA Draft Preview: Who do the Warriors pick at No. 28?

For the first time since selecting Harrison Barnes in 2012, the Golden…

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) lays the ball up against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy — his second in two years — after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)

Golden State Warriors Championship Special: Offseason moves and Kevin Durant

After a third title in four years, the Golden State Warriors will…

Kevin Durant holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy — his second in two years — after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)
LeBron James addresses the media after Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Where will LeBron James go, and what’s the impact on the Golden State Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors are champions, and the party in Oakland is…

LeBron James addresses the media after Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Joey Bart, seen here in March, 2018, was picked second overall by the San Francisco Giants in the Major League Draft. (Courtesy: GT Athletics/Danny Karnik)

Kolsky: Rebuilding, the Giants way

The 2018 San Francisco Giants, to this point, have been at once…

Joey Bart, seen here in March, 2018, was picked second overall by the San Francisco Giants in the Major League Draft. (Courtesy: GT Athletics/Danny Karnik)