Matt Kolsky

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. He scored a game-high 38 against the Utah Jazz in Golden State's 2018019 road opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Don’t blame Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant just wants to hoop. He’s said it repeatedly, and I…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. He scored a game-high 38 against the Utah Jazz in Golden State's 2018019 road opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Too often late in games, Steph Curry and the other Warriors all-stars take turns attempting to play hero, and it’s suicide for the offense as a whole. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Was everyone wrong about the Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors are an unbeatable basketball team. This might be…

Too often late in games, Steph Curry and the other Warriors all-stars take turns attempting to play hero, and it’s suicide for the offense as a whole. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea, seen here on August 1, 2017, is turning into an ace.  (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: It’s time to adopt the A’s

Entering Wednesday, the Bay Area’s two baseball teams were separated by just…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea, seen here on August 1, 2017, is turning into an ace.  (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Warriors have gone 7-10 down the stretch since Steph Curry went down with an ankle injury. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Dynasty difficulties and the precarious nature of greatness

The Golden State Warriors are on the doorstep of a dynasty. Some…

The Warriors have gone 7-10 down the stretch since Steph Curry went down with an ankle injury. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
Johnny Cueto will not have to have surgery, according to Bruce Bochy. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Kolsky: San Francisco Giants are walking wounded, but tall

The San Francisco Giants entered the 2018 season with a very small…

Johnny Cueto will not have to have surgery, according to Bruce Bochy. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Stephen Curry scored 28 points in 27 minutes in his first game back from MCL injury. What will he do tonight? (Emma Marie Chiang/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State needs Curry flavor to avoid getting gumbo’d by New Orleans

The Warriors mercifully finished off the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, finishing…

Stephen Curry scored 28 points in 27 minutes in his first game back from MCL injury. What will he do tonight? (Emma Marie Chiang/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has raw, undeniable talent. But how much are his on-field skills shaping personal matters away from the gridiron? (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Reuben Foster case is about America, not football

For now, Reuben Foster is a member of the San Francisco 49ers.…

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has raw, undeniable talent. But how much are his on-field skills shaping personal matters away from the gridiron? (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Warriors have gone 7-10 down the stretch since Steph Curry went down with an ankle injury. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/2017 Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

With 82 games gone, Warriors answers are finally around the corner

To say the entire Golden State Warriors roster and fanbase has been…

The Warriors have gone 7-10 down the stretch since Steph Curry went down with an ankle injury. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/2017 Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
It may be too early to worry about the Giants' offensive woes, but the front office built a team that can’t afford a slow start. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

State of the Sports Union: April brings it all

We are hitting my favorite spot in the calendar. With the rancid…

It may be too early to worry about the Giants' offensive woes, but the front office built a team that can’t afford a slow start. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
From left, Giants pitchers Mark Melancon, Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija all suffered injuries during Spring Training. (Courtesy San Francisco Giants)

Injuries, the truth serum of sports

Injuries are the worst part of sports. It’s not much of a…

From left, Giants pitchers Mark Melancon, Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija all suffered injuries during Spring Training. (Courtesy San Francisco Giants)
Richard Sherman is smarter than the average human, so negotiating his own deal makes sense. But most people are not like Sherman. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Richard Sherman is not representing a fool

There’s an old adage in the legal profession, occasionally attributed to Abraham…

Richard Sherman is smarter than the average human, so negotiating his own deal makes sense. But most people are not like Sherman. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Carlos Hyde is gone after signing with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

There’s been no shortage of madness this March

Get your Boss Buttons ready, day-jobbers … It’s that thrilling time of…

Carlos Hyde is gone after signing with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The NBA is well-positioned to fix the problems surrounding the NCAA and college basketball. Hopefully it takes necessary action. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA should kill the NCAA, fix basketball

The NCAA is in the news for the same two reasons the…

The NBA is well-positioned to fix the problems surrounding the NCAA and college basketball. Hopefully it takes necessary action. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The San Jose Sharks traded for Evander Kane earlier in the week and he immediately made an impact, logging two assists on Tuesday. (Courtesy Bridget Samuels/Flickr)

Evander Kane provides Sharks with much-needed bite

Quick hits with Kolsky As I watched the beginning of Tuesday night’s…

The San Jose Sharks traded for Evander Kane earlier in the week and he immediately made an impact, logging two assists on Tuesday. (Courtesy Bridget Samuels/Flickr)
The Warriors’ play so far this season may be concerning. But they still have more talent in Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry than the rest of the league. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Golden State Paradox: Warriors season vexes with stretch run set to begin

The Golden State Warriors are in second place in the NBA’s standings,…

The Warriors’ play so far this season may be concerning. But they still have more talent in Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry than the rest of the league. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The 49ers want Reuben Foster to succeed. But with his recent arrest, he’s put them in a precarious situation ethically. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Reuben Foster case sticks 49ers between business rock and ethical hard place

There is no line between sports and hard news. I’ve written it…

The 49ers want Reuben Foster to succeed. But with his recent arrest, he’s put them in a precarious situation ethically. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo was all smiles when he faced questions after signing the NFL’s richest contract.  Now, he has his left tackle in Mike McGlinchey as the 49ers head into training camp. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract is gargantuan, and worth every penny

Straight cash, homie. Jimmy Garoppolo will have that. To wit: if he…

Jimmy Garoppolo was all smiles when he faced questions after signing the NFL’s richest contract.  Now, he has his left tackle in Mike McGlinchey as the 49ers head into training camp. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Warriors fans may be getting antsy, but the answer to their relatively minimal problems should come from within. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

There’s no reason for Warriors to change anything

Fear not — as usual, patience will reward Golden State The NBA’s…

Warriors fans may be getting antsy, but the answer to their relatively minimal problems should come from within. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Former San Francisco Giant star Barry Bonds is all smiles after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to a standing ovation prior to action against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. (Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Another year overlooked by voters, another reminder Barry Bonds should be in Hall of Fame

Another year of Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, and another swing and…

Former San Francisco Giant star Barry Bonds is all smiles after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to a standing ovation prior to action against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. (Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/TNS)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) is ejected from the game against the New York Knicks after receiving two technical fouls at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant’s criticism exposes NBA’s officiating problem

The Warriors-Knicks game provided us with the latest salvo in an increasingly…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) is ejected from the game against the New York Knicks after receiving two technical fouls at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)