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FILE: A banner for the newly christened Oracle Park hangs in front of the existing AT&T Park sign at Willie Mays Plaza as other signs begin coming down on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Gorcey on Father’s Day: Go have a catch

Spend some time with the men who taught you the game

FILE: A banner for the newly christened Oracle Park hangs in front of the existing AT&T Park sign at Willie Mays Plaza as other signs begin coming down on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
On Sports Media: Where to catch World Cup Fever

On Sports Media: Where to catch World Cup Fever

There’s no shortage of World Cup watch parties in the Bay Area

  • Jun 16, 2019
On Sports Media: Where to catch World Cup Fever
The Golden State Warriors wait for the official’s review of the last play with less than 0.9 seconds left in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 13, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

End of an Era: Warriors are victims of their own success

Golden State will look very different moving forward, but such are the perils of changing a league

The Golden State Warriors wait for the official’s review of the last play with less than 0.9 seconds left in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 13, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors celebrates his teams 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images/TNS)

Kolsky: Win or lose, these Warriors are giants

After loss of Kevin Durant, with one more game at Oracle, it’s time to appreciate the Warriors

Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors celebrates his teams 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images/TNS)
Warriors guard Klay Thompson dribbles the ball at Oracle Arena during a practice on June 4, 2019, before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: The Beautiful lie of Strength in Numbers

Sketching out what Game 3 looks like after the first two games of the NBA Finals

Warriors guard Klay Thompson dribbles the ball at Oracle Arena during a practice on June 4, 2019, before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
The Golden State Warriors unveil their 2017-18 NBA Championship banner before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Jackson, Gundy wax nostalgic about end of Oracle

For Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy the last NBA Finals at Oracle is special

  • Jun 2, 2019
The Golden State Warriors unveil their 2017-18 NBA Championship banner before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Director Michael Tolajian speaks with an inmate during the filming of “Q Ball”. (Courtesy / Fox Sports Films)

On Sports Media: One-on-one with Q Ball director Michael Tolajian

Director of Kevin Durant-produces documentary details mission, message

  • May 26, 2019
Director Michael Tolajian speaks with an inmate during the filming of “Q Ball”. (Courtesy / Fox Sports Films)
A production still from Q-Ball, showing inmates at San Quentin practicing to play for the Q-Warriors. (Courtesy / FOX)

On Sports Media: Kevin Durant produces documentary on the Q Warriors

Reviewing Kevin Durant’s stirring film, Q-Ball, featuring San Quentin’s Warriors

  • May 19, 2019
A production still from Q-Ball, showing inmates at San Quentin practicing to play for the Q-Warriors. (Courtesy / FOX)
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) has a moment to himself at center court at the end of the game after the team defeats the Houston Rockets 104-99 in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Semi-Final playoffs on May 8, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Bay Area is playoff crazy for Warriors, Sharks

Sharks, Warriors doing major television rating numbers across the Bay Area

  • May 12, 2019
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) has a moment to himself at center court at the end of the game after the team defeats the Houston Rockets 104-99 in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Semi-Final playoffs on May 8, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (5) fouls Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) as both go after a loose basketball during second quarter of Game 3 of the 2019 NBA West Conference Semifinal Playoffs on May 4, 2019 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: In Warriors-Rockets, we see artistry versus utility

Golden State and Houston represents two divergent basketball philosophies

Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (5) fouls Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) as both go after a loose basketball during second quarter of Game 3 of the 2019 NBA West Conference Semifinal Playoffs on May 4, 2019 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Maximum Security #7, ridden by Luis Saez, leads the field out of turn four during the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 30, 2019 in Hallandale, Florida. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/TNS) *FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY*

On Sports Media: Bay Area to host over 75 Kentucky Derby Parties

Golden Gate Fields and Barrel Proof in the Mission will host lively Kentucky Derby events

  • May 3, 2019
Maximum Security #7, ridden by Luis Saez, leads the field out of turn four during the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 30, 2019 in Hallandale, Florida. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/TNS) *FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY*
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) adds pressure Rockets guard James Harden (13) during second quarter of Game 1 of the 2019 NBA West Conference Semi-Final playoffs on April 28, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: NBA stars should stop baiting referees, stop hunting fouls

James Harden’s brand of basketball is anathema to the way the game should be played

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) adds pressure Rockets guard James Harden (13) during second quarter of Game 1 of the 2019 NBA West Conference Semi-Final playoffs on April 28, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens is interviewed by KNBR following the unveiling of the statue honoring The Catch at Levi’s Stadium depicting Joe Montana’s famous touchdown pass to Dwight Clark.

On Sports Media: KNBR rules the latest Bay Area radio ratings

Musburger will return; Raiders will bounce around on TV, but 49ers stay consistent

  • Apr 28, 2019
Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens is interviewed by KNBR following the unveiling of the statue honoring The Catch at Levi’s Stadium depicting Joe Montana’s famous touchdown pass to Dwight Clark.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a lay-up against the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during second quarter of Game 5 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs on April 224, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gorcey: Forget about the Rockets, Golden State needs to focus on task at hand

Warriors, looking ahead to the Houston Rockets, overlooked the Los Angeles Clippers once again

Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a lay-up against the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during second quarter of Game 5 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs on April 224, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant (35) of the Golden State Warriors drives towards the lane as Jonathan Isaac (1) of the Orlando Magic chases him during third quarter of the game on November 26, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio - Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Why not take pending free agent Kevin Durant at his word?

Presumption, pomp and circumstance: The future of Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (35) of the Golden State Warriors drives towards the lane as Jonathan Isaac (1) of the Orlando Magic chases him during third quarter of the game on November 26, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio - Special to S.F. Examiner)
University of San Francisco point guard Frankie Ferrari dribbles the ball up court against Harvard on Nov. 21, 2018, a game that was televised on TheW.tv, part of the Stadium network. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

USF Dons athletics are now part of Stadium, a bold, new sports network

By Jim Williams Special to S.F. Examiner The University of San Francisco…

  • Apr 21, 2019
University of San Francisco point guard Frankie Ferrari dribbles the ball up court against Harvard on Nov. 21, 2018, a game that was televised on TheW.tv, part of the Stadium network. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives towards the basket with pressure from Clippers forward Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during first quarter of the game on April 15, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Pride isn’t a sin for Warriors; it’s what they need

Golden State Warriors need to rediscover their sense of pride to get right against Clippers

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives towards the basket with pressure from Clippers forward Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during first quarter of the game on April 15, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gorcey: Maybe this is what the Warriors needed

Gorcey: Maybe this is what the Warriors needed

Golden State Warriors cough up biggest lead in playoff history, and are rightly embarrassed

Gorcey: Maybe this is what the Warriors needed
Construction continues on the Chase Center in Mission Bay on April 12, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Warriors cashing in on Chase Center as NBA playoffs begin

Golden State has 44,000 on waiting list for new arena as they host final postseason at Oracle

  • Apr 14, 2019
Construction continues on the Chase Center in Mission Bay on April 12, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants fans and Oakland Athletics fans cheer during the Bay Bridge Series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: A’s need to capitalize on losing Giants

For A’s to win at the gate, they need to sieze on San Francisco’s on-field woes

San Francisco Giants fans and Oakland Athletics fans cheer during the Bay Bridge Series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)