Paul Ladewski

The A’s drafted New York Yankees phenom Aaron Judge in 2010 but couldn’t convince him to skip college. (Courtesy Arturo Pardavila III/Flickr)

What does Billy Beane do for a living, anyway?

Of all the weird things in the wacky world of pro sports,…

The A’s drafted New York Yankees phenom Aaron Judge in 2010 but couldn’t convince him to skip college. (Courtesy Arturo Pardavila III/Flickr)
As long as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant can keep the Warriors’ core four (with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green) in tact, the Dubs should have little trouble cementing themselves as the greatest dynast in the expansion era. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can Warriors become best ever? Let’s count the ways …

By most accounts, it takes about a week to recover from a…

As long as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant can keep the Warriors’ core four (with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green) in tact, the Dubs should have little trouble cementing themselves as the greatest dynast in the expansion era. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
From left, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc were big parts of Chicago Bulls teams that won three straight NBA titles from 1996 to 1998. Jordan and Pippen were members of the first “three-peat” team, which won titles from 1991 to 1993. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Durant’s Dubs close gap, but Jordan’s Bulls still greatest

It’s 2017, a time when great simply isn’t good enough. We want…

From left, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc were big parts of Chicago Bulls teams that won three straight NBA titles from 1996 to 1998. Jordan and Pippen were members of the first “three-peat” team, which won titles from 1991 to 1993. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Draymond Green and the Warriors can’t continue to fight with the referees, not when they’re this close to winning another title. (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon journal)

High time for Warriors to play, act like champs

Same as last year, it’s all right there for the Warriors: an…

Draymond Green and the Warriors can’t continue to fight with the referees, not when they’re this close to winning another title. (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon journal)
Giants utility man Kelby Tomlinson waits in the on-deck circle during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 27.  (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Tired, old Giants need to face reality, start over again

It sure was nice while it lasted, but let’s not kid ourselves…

Giants utility man Kelby Tomlinson waits in the on-deck circle during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 27.  (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stay calm, Dubs Nation: The Warriors are two road wins away from becoming the first team in NBA history to sweep the postseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sweet 16: Unbeaten Warriors are chasing history now

Well, that didn’t take long. The long-awaited, much-anticipated NBA Finals are over.…

Stay calm, Dubs Nation: The Warriors are two road wins away from becoming the first team in NBA history to sweep the postseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) runs into Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) at half court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on January 16, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Strike up the parade: It’s going to be Warriors in seven

Ballsy observations on the NBA Finals that tip off on Thursday ...…

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) runs into Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) at half court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on January 16, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Fans cheer for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after he makes a jumper against the Utah Jazz during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Want a competitive NBA? Implement a hard salary cap

The heavyweight rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Warriors figures to be…

Fans cheer for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after he makes a jumper against the Utah Jazz during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
With the Chase Center opening, bringing pro hockey back to San Francisco only makes sense. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors need a partner, and Seals would be a cool fit

The Warriors Victory Tour is on hold for the rest of the…

With the Chase Center opening, bringing pro hockey back to San Francisco only makes sense. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
JaVale McGee severely outplayed LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Say buh-bye to the Spurs, a team of the past

While Balls wonders if the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors should…

JaVale McGee severely outplayed LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
All the chatter in the world couldn’t save Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs from the thrashing the Warriors inflicted upon them in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

On biggest stage, Popovich, Spurs come up very small

Just when you thought the NBA playoffs couldn’t get any more non-competitive,…

All the chatter in the world couldn’t save Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs from the thrashing the Warriors inflicted upon them in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here on May 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Forget James Harden — Kevin Durant is the real MVP now

Quick — somebody allow me a rewrite of history. There has been a…

Kevin Durant, seen here on May 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are on a crash course for the NBA Finals. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Are Cavs, Warriors too good for NBA’s own good?

It’s not often that TNT blowhard Charles Barkley has something good to…

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are on a crash course for the NBA Finals. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball against the Utah Jazz during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Happy together: Durant, Warriors are perfect match

Balls doesn’t know if there is such a thing as a $26.4-million…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball against the Utah Jazz during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Dennis Rodman had a simple solution to the boredom of Salt Lake City: Going to Las Vegas. (Courtesy Bradley Park/Flickr)

What is a Warrior to do in Utah? Take a page from Dennis Rodman’s playbook

The Warriors are soon to face their first crisis of the postseason,…

Dennis Rodman had a simple solution to the boredom of Salt Lake City: Going to Las Vegas. (Courtesy Bradley Park/Flickr)
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Warriors’ Toughest West Playoff Challenge? Boredom

If the NBA wants to cancel the next two rounds of the…

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Deshaun Watson would look good quarterbacking the 49ers offense. (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch/TNS)

Can John Lynch draft a quarterback in round one?

John Lynch is on the clock as they say in NFL draft…

Deshaun Watson would look good quarterbacking the 49ers offense. (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch/TNS)
The only thing that matters for Steve Kerr at this point is regaining his health for the sake of his family and friends. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr ordeal is about him, not the Warriors

As coach Steve Kerr knows all too well, it sucks to be…

The only thing that matters for Steve Kerr at this point is regaining his health for the sake of his family and friends. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Logan Couture shook off an injury to earn the No. 1 star on Tuesday in the San Jose Sharks’ beatdown of the Edmonton Oilers. (Courtesy Sarah A./Flickr)

Sharks bite back, get in Oiler phenom’s head

Are the Stanley Cup playoffs wonderfully wacky or what? Just when the…

Logan Couture shook off an injury to earn the No. 1 star on Tuesday in the San Jose Sharks’ beatdown of the Edmonton Oilers. (Courtesy Sarah A./Flickr)
Draymond Green was sensational in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs. Can he maintain that through June? (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Return of the Green Monster

A lot of good things happened to the Warriors in their postseason…

Draymond Green was sensational in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs. Can he maintain that through June? (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)