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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:

Oakley's gruff manner has history of creating trouble

| Feb 14, 2017

Oakley's gruff manner has history of creating trouble

Diogenes would never have believed there is a Charles Oakley. Diogenes is the famed Greek philosopher and perpetual cynic — believed to be the first New York City journalist —whose search for the honest man was fruitless because, well, he didn’t exist. Oakley is ...

Rose vilified for absence while LeBron given a pass

| Jan 17, 2017

Rose vilified for absence while LeBron given a pass

Derrick Rose last week missed one game, distraught and leaving suddenly without telling anyone after Knicks practice to attend to a family emergency back in Chicago. He returned the next day to team practice and to play the next game, was fined $200,000 and ...

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 ...

High time for Kings to dump insufferable Cousins

| Dec 20, 2016

High time for Kings to dump insufferable Cousins

I was talking to an NBA general manager earlier this season about DeMarcus Cousins, the best player in the NBA most likely to be traded, or at least so we’ll hear for the next few months. Actually, I had asked the executive who was ...

| 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 ...

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 ...