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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 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:

Jordan could have begun career with different team

| Dec 9, 2014

Jordan could have begun career with different team

This is the second installment from Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith’s new book “There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan.” * * * It became obvious during the last month of the 1983-84 season teams were trying to ...

Spurs set example for rest of league with consistency

| Jun 24, 2014

Spurs set example for rest of league with consistency

The great American sportswriter Grantland Rice wrote a poem, “Alumnus Football,” that ended like this: “When the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes — not that you won or lost — but how you played the Game.” I thought ...

| Jun 10, 2014

Love in demand despite never making the playoffs

So what’s the big fuss about a player who in six seasons as his team’s best player never has played for a team with a .500 record, never has made the playoffs, has averaged missing 20 games per season with injuries and in his ...

| May 13, 2014

Cavs fire Brown again, move into position for LeBron

I don’t know about hiring Mike Brown to be your basketball coach. Well, I do know. Don’t do it. He’s awful. But I might hire him as my investment advisor. That’s because Brown will be one of the highest paid coaches in NBA history ...

| Apr 29, 2014

Kerr qualified to coach Knicks but may pass on chance

When Steve Kerr was a star senior guard at the University of Arizona in 1988, students at a game at rival Arizona State shouted, “PLO, PLO,” and “Go back to Beirut” at Kerr. Kerr’s father, Malcolm, the president of the American University of Beirut, ...

| Apr 15, 2014

No sign of 'Showtime' in future for listing Lakers

Hey, everyone has a bad decade or so. Welcome to the Los Angeles Lakers’ future. Uniforms, history and tradition don’t win. It’s talent, and unless the Lakers get very fortunate they’re likely to be in for a long ride down. The Celtics, the gold ...

| Apr 1, 2014

Jackson's stay with Warriors may be nearing the end

The Golden State Warriors are having one of the most successful seasons in franchise history. This exciting team with a backcourt already with a nickname — the Splash Brothers of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — has a chance to be just the fourth ...

| Mar 18, 2014

Jackson certain to win in New York like everywhere else

Kobe Bryant for five championships played for Phil Jackson. In his seven seasons playing for coaches other than Jackson he got none. Michael Jordan won six championships playing for Phil Jackson. In his eight seasons not playing for Jackson, Jordan won zero. LeBron James ...

| Mar 4, 2014

Dumars the likely fall guy for Detroit's recent failures

Can someone get that dumb that fast? The truth is it happens in sports all the time. The Dallas Cowboys of the NFL were “America’s team” winning Super Bowls. Until they haven’t for about 20 years. The Boston Celtics were the NBA’s greatest ever ...