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Past articles by Tim:

Kawakami: Why Brock Purdy is the 49ers’ QB1 into the future and Trey Lance is QB2

Tom Brady? Jimmy Garoppolo? Trey Lance? No, there's zero need for the 49ers to consider anybody other than Brock Purdy. And they won't. → Read More

Kawakami: Nick Bosa’s practical and powerful case against artificial turf — will NFL owners finally listen?

Nick Bosa on the risks of artificial turf: "Why wouldn't Jerry Jones want Micah Parsons on the best surface you could possibly have him on?" → Read More

49ers QB Trey Lance carted off with ankle injury vs. Seahawks; Jimmy Garoppolo in at QB

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance was carted off the field and ruled out with an ankle injury in the first quarter of his team’s matchup with the Seahawks on Sunday. Medical staff put an air cast on his leg before leaving the field. Lance stayed down after being stopped on a 2-yard... → Read More

Tall tales of Klay Thompson — his special bond, and adventures, with Warriors centers

From ping-pong with random Australian Olympians to his 60-point masterpiece, four Warriors centers explain why there's nobody like Klay. → Read More

Kawakami: Derek Carr is too valuable for the Raiders to trade now — but how much longer can they afford to keep him? – The Athletic

Derek Carr played one of his best games in years. The Raiders still lost. Which eventually could and should lead to some trade conversations. → Read More

Kawakami: 49ers are playing the 2018 waiting game for Kirk Cousins

The 49ers’ quarterback of the future literally won’t be a 49er until the future, though the clock on that is about to really start ticking. Kirk Cousins is Washington’s quarterbac… → Read More

Commentary: Kevin Durant’s give-back to the Warriors is about a good-faith and practical partnership

No, I did not expect to be writing a Kevin Durant July 4 manifesto for the second straight year, but so it goes and here I go…Yesterday’s news-breaker: Durant has agreed to take $9.6M less than his maximum potential salary for nex → Read More

Kawakami: Kevin Durant’s give-back to the Warriors is about a good-faith and practical partnership

This is the ultimate indication that Kevin Durant believes that the Warriors fulfilled every promise made to him and this is the fulfillment of everything Durant implicitly promised to them. → Read More

Tim Kawakami: Warriors can spend big thanks to Durant deal, franchise value

Joe Lacob has always said he’d pay what it takes for championships, and this is what it took last week:Andre Iguodala’s $48 million over three years.Plus Steph Curry’s $201 million super max contractPlus → Read More

Kawakami: My 2017 NBA No-Defense Team, starring Isaiah Thomas, Andrew Wiggins and many more

No fair, they’re already trading/releasing/devaluing these guys! Yes, even as I was finally writing this 2017 NBA No-Defense Team item, I had to bob and weave through the great waves of activ… → Read More

Kawakami: 10 obvious (and not-so-obvious) reasons the Giants fell off a cliff

This is not just a left-field thing. Or a bullpen thing. Or a starting pitching thing. It’s all of those things. This is not just a chemistry thing. Or a clubhouse leadership thing (this Ken … → Read More

Talking with Steve Kerr: On a Trump White House visit, Cavs’ ‘Steph Curry Rules’ and more

Highlights of Steve Kerr’s 44-minute conversation with me on “The TK Show” podcast from the middle of last week, discussing… -The strategies involved in Warriors’ just… → Read More

Kawakami: How Derek Carr’s deal helps the Raiders sign other players

The structure of this deal — and just the fact of it — gives the Raiders some extra flexibility to sign their key players into the future. → Read More

For the fourth time in the Joe Lacob era, the Warriors flex their financial muscle and buy a draft pick

OAKLAND–Joe Lacob’s Warriors went into this draft without a pick… and yet still ended up with athletic center/forward Jordan Bell, which is not a bad little magic act. Financial m… → Read More

Kawakami: How the Warriors are set to re-sign Durant, Curry, Iguodala and others

The Warriors will have some tough decisions to make in trying to retain many of their impending free agents, but there are reasons to believe they will be able to keep many of them. → Read More

Coaching Edge: Tyronn Lue’s best move of Game 4 (strategically conserving LeBron’s energy)

CLEVELAND — If Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue can keep LeBron James fresh and energized for 40+ minutes, it is very hard to beat the Cavaliers, especially at Quicken Loans Arena. Problem for Lue,… → Read More

Tim Kawakami, Commentary: Warriors’ road to greatness hits speed bump

CLEVELAND >> The playoffs finally got weird and imperfect for the Warriors on Friday.It had been a breath-taking breeze for 15 fantastic games for Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant & Co., it had been full-throttle, full-speed, no worries, n → Read More

Kawakami: The imperfect game for Warriors, refs and everybody except Cavs

It had been a breath-taking breeze for 15 fantastic games for Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant & Co. until things got out of control Friday night. → Read More

Kawakami: Jerry West can’t recall this kind of ‘super team’ dominance or camaraderie

As he ponders his future with a fishing line in the water, one of this team’s key architects can only sit back and marvel. → Read More

Warriors Coaching Edge: Steve Kerr stubbornly stuck to the plan in Game 3

Sticking to a gameplan is who Kerr is as a coach and who he’ll always be. Which is a good thing for the Warriors. → Read More