Bad free throw shooters deserve no special exemption

The text of my Saturday column runs below. This is about entertainment value, moral obligation and the Hack-a-Shaq. Well-meaning, powerful people want to outlaw the Hack-a-Shaq in the NBA — intentionally fouling a horrendous free-throw shooter because he probably will miss one or both of the 15-foot set shots from the charity stripe. “To me, it’s a dumb rule,” said Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr before Game 3…

June 19, 2015

Warriors have the answers for playoff challenges — even the Spurs

This is my Sunday column. Bring on the Spurs already. Forget the Grizzlies, the Blazers, the Clippers, the Rockets, the Pelicans — not one of them has a realistic shot to eliminate the Warriors in the playoffs. We’ve seen enough to say that with certainty. The Warriors earned home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, and their record at home this season is 36-2. Report: They’re really, really good. Only the Spurs…

April 11, 2015

Warriors have questions that need answers before playoffs

This is my Friday column on the Warriors. WARNING — this is a basketball column. 49ers’ fans — feel free to skip this. The NBA is in its All-Star break and it’s time for the Warriors to take a breath and answer five serious questions. 1. How well do the Warriors match up against the best teams in the league? The biggest difference between this season and last season is…

February 12, 2015

Warriors-Hawks promises a measuring stick for postseason

This is my Friday column previewing the Warriors-Hawks game. WARNING — this is a basketball column. 49ers’ fans, feel free to skip this. OAKLAND The Warriors play in Atlanta Friday Night against their alter ego — the Atlanta Hawks, the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Is the game a special test or just another regular season NBA game? “Just another game,” Andre Iguodala whispered through gritted…

February 5, 2015

Livingston deal sets the stage

This is my Tuesday column on what the Shaun Livingston signing means to the Warriors. WARNING: This is a basketball column. Forty-Niners fans, feel free to skip this. Jerry West won Round 1, Bob Myers won Round 2. According to reports, the Warriors’ front office is divided against itself. They were willing to include Klay Thompson in a trade for Kevin Love in June, Love a superstar, Thompson a role…

July 2, 2014

Kerr walks the walk of a champ

This is my Tuesday column on Steve Kerr. WARNING: This is a Warriors column. 49ers fans — feel free to skip this. OAKLAND – After Steve Kerr’s introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors, I walked over to Lute Olson – Kerr’s head coach at the University of Arizona – and I asked what made Kerr tough. Olson raised his eyebrows, leaned forward and…

May 20, 2014