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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:

Battles with Jordan, Pippen put Krause in tough spot

/ Mar 28, 2017

Battles with Jordan, Pippen put Krause in tough spot

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next week probably will announce that former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause will be enshrined later this year. Perhaps it will wait another year. But Krause will be elected to join for his large contribution to ...

Karl up to old tricks with new book

/ | Jan 3, 2017

Karl up to old tricks with new book

Many who know George Karl will tell you there’s a good side, welcoming, generous, warm and funny, though George works very hard to hide it. And so it is again these days with his second memoir, his new book, “Furious George,” that has produced ...

/ | Dec 6, 2016

Ex-referee Vanak helped improve job with courage

John Vanak was a quiet revolutionary. The humble, simple man from his beloved Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, about 145 km northwest of Philadelphia, was one of the four men who defied the National Basketball Association and, effectively, created modern refereeing in the NBA. Vanak, a 30-year ...