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Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives towards the basket and draws the foul by Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the first quarter of the game on February 10, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Action all over in Bay Area sports

Matt Kolsky gives his Bay Area sports roundup

Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives towards the basket and draws the foul by Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the first quarter of the game on February 10, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland A’s teammates congratulate Jurickson Profar (23) after scoring on a double from teammate Mark Canha (20) in the 2nd inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on March 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bernstein: A’s rough start in Japan could have long-lasting consequences

Oakland Athletics dropped two games in Japan, and lost two key contributors in the process

Oakland A’s teammates congratulate Jurickson Profar (23) after scoring on a double from teammate Mark Canha (20) in the 2nd inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on March 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to 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. The Giants return to now-Oracle Park for the Bay Bridge Series on Monday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A-Rod, Mendoza preview Giants season, NL West

On Sports Media: Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza preview the NL West and San Francisco Giants

  • Mar 24, 2019
San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. The Giants return to now-Oracle Park for the Bay Bridge Series on Monday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy addresses a fan Q&A at the Giants’ FanFest on Feb. 9, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

MLB’s rule changes are necessary for game’s survival

Kolsky: A moderately disrespectful primer on MLB’s new rule changes

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy addresses a fan Q&A at the Giants’ FanFest on Feb. 9, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Former 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)

Bernstein: Thank your lucky stars the 49ers didn’t acquire Antonio Brown

The San Francisco 49ers seemed to signal what they want the culture…

Former 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)
Former Warrior Andrew Bogut is reportedly returning to the team. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Bernstein: Gamble on Andrew Bogut could prove worthwhile for Warriors

The Golden State Warriors made a philosophical decision this week. It might…

Former Warrior Andrew Bogut is reportedly returning to the team. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)
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)
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry drives towards the baskets against Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the first quarter of the game on February 23, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio

Bernstein: Charlotte still has love for Stephen Curry

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte is not a city overrun by old-timers. It is…

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry drives towards the baskets against Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the first quarter of the game on February 23, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio
Rhys Hoskins, left, and Bryce Harper are both represented by agent Scott Boras.(Tribune News Service)

Not so fast Philadelphia – Bryce Harper is still in play

Jim Williams Special to the S.F. Examiner When Phillies owner John S.…

Rhys Hoskins, left, and Bryce Harper are both represented by agent Scott Boras.(Tribune News Service)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) watches a game against the Colorado Rockies from the dugout at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on September 27, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bernstein: Bruce Bochy was the rock upon which Giants dynasty was built

There isn’t much time remaining for San Francisco Giants fans to enjoy…

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) watches a game against the Colorado Rockies from the dugout at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on September 27, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to 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)
The Dallas Mavericks' Wesley Matthews (23) shoots the ball while being defended by the New York Knicks' Doug McDermott (20) on January 7, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Matthews is one of several players the Golden State Warriors could pursue on the buyout market. (Andy Jacobsohn/Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Bernstein: Which buyout options would fit best with the Golden State Warriors after the trade deadline?

The Warriors have lost just twice in 2019, rediscovering their frightening top…

The Dallas Mavericks' Wesley Matthews (23) shoots the ball while being defended by the New York Knicks' Doug McDermott (20) on January 7, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Matthews is one of several players the Golden State Warriors could pursue on the buyout market. (Andy Jacobsohn/Dallas Morning News/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)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers to home against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bernstein: Trading Madison Bumgarner would represent an understandable but unfortunate end of an era

The teardown trend that just hit the desert could soon make its…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers to home against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Barry Bonds addresses the crowd at his number retirement ceremony on August 11, 2018. (Courtesy / San Francisco Giants)

Yes, Barry Bonds does belong in the Hall of Fame: A begrudging case for baseball’s villain

On Tuesday evening, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced…

Barry Bonds addresses the crowd at his number retirement ceremony on August 11, 2018. (Courtesy / San Francisco Giants)
Matt Chapman, seen here in August of 2017, is the best defender in the American League. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bernstein: For A’s, drafting Murray too special to pass up, just like Chapman

When the Oakland A’s drafted him, they knew they were taking a…

Matt Chapman, seen here in August of 2017, is the best defender in the American League. (Stan Olszewski/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)
University of San Francisco forward Nate Renfro drives against Killian Tillie during a game on Jan. 12, 2019 at War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bernstein: USF may be in line for a Tournament appearance, but loss to Gonzaga will sting

All Gonzaga needed to do in the waning seconds of its 96-83…

University of San Francisco forward Nate Renfro drives against Killian Tillie during a game on Jan. 12, 2019 at War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) steals the ball from Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bernstein: James Harden is living rent-free in the Warriors’ heads — and that’s good for Golden State

With about six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) steals the ball from Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) goes up for a lay-up basket past Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harmless (4) on during the first period of the game at Oracle Arena on December 27, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio

Bernstein: Stop analyzing the Warriors like they’re a normal team

It’s remarkable the amount of times the mettle of the Golden State…

Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) goes up for a lay-up basket past Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harmless (4) on during the first period of the game at Oracle Arena on December 27, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio