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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:

Durant's decision based on best chance to win titles

| Jul 5, 2016

Durant's decision based on best chance to win titles

Jerry West may have done it again. The famed model for the logo for the NBA may have helped turn the league upside down again July 4 when West’s arguments, arguably, could have been the final motivating force for Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma ...

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 ...