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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:

No need for Warriors to panic despite Game 7 loss

| Jun 21, 2016

No need for Warriors to panic despite Game 7 loss

Well, as Ron Harper famously told the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, “Don’t mean a thing without the ring.” That was the last season rallying cry/plea when the Bulls were clearly on the way toward a then record breaking 72-win season. Coach Phil Jackson had tried ...

Could Durant join forces with LeBron on Cavaliers?

| Jun 7, 2016

Could Durant join forces with LeBron on Cavaliers?

The NBA Finals still is the big story in basketball, and it will be for the next week or so no matter the conclusion. Can the Golden State Warriors finish off the greatest winning season in NBA history? Will Stephen Curry continue to amaze? ...

Brilliant-but-humble Curry a product of the modern game

| Apr 12, 2016

Brilliant-but-humble Curry a product of the modern game

Stephen Curry is about to win his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award. In its penultimate game on Monday, his team tied the all-time record for wins (72) in a season, equaling Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls’ record that many believed was as unassailable ...

Duncan quietly winding down a sensational career

| Mar 29, 2016

Duncan quietly winding down a sensational career

In this NBA season of Kobe, his season-long farewell tour perhaps the only thing distracting from the Golden State Warriors fast break to history, it is fitting that this likely is the final season for probably the greatest power forward of all time in ...

Nomadic Whiteside playing well, but remains enigma

| Mar 1, 2016

Nomadic Whiteside playing well, but remains enigma

Hassan Whiteside has become one of the most remarkable NBA stories of recent years, a virtual outcast who was a second-round draft pick, a regular in the minor league D-League and then expatriate playing in China and Lebanon, and even in an attempt to ...

Fisher a victim of Jackson's coaching purism

| Feb 16, 2016

Fisher a victim of Jackson's coaching purism

Phil Jackson is much less Zen master than basketball apostle. I once remember Phil telling me a story about a period after his basketball playing career before he became arguably the greatest and most successful basketball coach in NBA history. He’d failed at attempts ...