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Sam Smith covered the Chicago Bulls for the Chicago Tribune for nearly 25 years, including all six of the team’s NBA titles with Michael Jordan. He is the author of the bestselling book “The Jordan Rules” and now writes for bulls.com. He was honored with the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award for lifetime achievement earlier this year.

For Sam Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Coaching change may be only move Bulls will make

| May 26, 2015

Coaching change may be only move Bulls will make

Well, that was a lost opportunity for the Chicago Bulls. No, despite the talk around the team this season that this was the year, that Derrick Rose was back from injury, that they had added Pau Gasol, who became an All-Star again and Jimmy ...

Grizzlies making noise in playoffs old-school style

| May 12, 2015

Grizzlies making noise in playoffs old-school style

Sitting on a bluff above the mighty Mississippi River is Memphis, a sleepy southern United States city known for not much more than its savory barbecue meats, being the home of famous rock and roll singer Elvis Presley and for the blues, the music ...

Wizards surprise Raptors, rest of league with sweep

| Apr 28, 2015

Wizards surprise Raptors, rest of league with sweep

Let’s not overstate the change in the Washington Wizards that enabled the Wizards to pull off the first-round playoff upset and sweep the favored Toronto Raptors. But it would perhaps be less surprising if the Republicans who control the U.S. House and Senate in ...

Kerr employing Jackson's philosophy with Warriors

| Apr 14, 2015

Kerr employing Jackson's philosophy with Warriors

Sometimes the basketball congnoscenti will mock the Phil Jackson coaching tree as a withered oak in winter, assistants like Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis and most recently Brian Shaw with short head coaching tenures. This while organizations wait years to reach deep into the organizations ...

Jordan's competitive drive still legendary today

| Jan 20, 2015

Jordan's competitive drive still legendary today

This is the fifth installment from Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith’s new book “There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan.” These games were getting ridiculous. Against the Cavs on Feb. 22, 1987, Michael Jordan scored 43 points and ...