| Apr 17, 2013

Kobe's greatness won't let him quit

by Sam Smith

Well, at least we know Kobe Bryant isn’t retiring. One of the underlying stories of this NBA season — and, of course, it had to involve the Los Angeles Lakers, as almost everything did — was Bryant saying how with the final season of ...

| Apr 3, 2013

Frustration brings out LeBron's passion

by Sam Smith

And we thought the Chicago Bulls last Wednesday breaking the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak, the second longest in NBA history, was the big news. Sort of, but not completely as LeBron James seemed to transcend it all, which may also tell you how ...

| Mar 20, 2013

Nuggets may be changing the game

by Sam Smith

The Denver Nuggets are trying to do what the conventional wisdom says in the NBA cannot be done. Twice. And they may actually be on the way. You are supposed to lose the trade when you give up the All-Star and all-NBA player, though ...

| Mar 6, 2013

Pacers best placed to challenge Heat

by Sam Smith

Donnie Walsh wasn’t impressed. The former and longtime Indiana Pacers general manager had returned to his Indianapolis home for the 2011-12 NBA season. He still was on the payroll of the New York Knicks, but they were going in that famous other direction — ...

| Feb 20, 2013

Buss' contributions to NBA won't be forgotten

by Sam Smith

Dr. Jerry Buss, the legendary Basketball Hall of Fame owner of the Los Angeles Lakers who died Monday, was by vocation a chemist, the Dr. before his name for his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Southern California at age 24. Smart man, ...

| Feb 6, 2013

Harden the loser in trade from OKC

by Sam Smith

The Houston Rockets are going to make the playoffs, and without trading for James Harden there basically was no chance they would. The Oklahoma City Thunder still are among the top five contenders for the NBA championship, but not likely as strong a contender ...

| Jan 23, 2013

Garnett an enigma despite unquestioned greatness

by Sam Smith

So why are so many people applauding a guy who makes fun of cancer patients, calls other men’s wives sluts and punches opponents in the groin? Well, there aren’t that many people applauding Kevin Garnett, who has been accused of those crimes and misdemeanors, ...

| Dec 26, 2012

Bulls keeping pace in East with Rose on mend

by Sam Smith

If the Chicago Bulls are this good without point guard Derrick Rose —not great, but good — then could they really be serious title contenders even this season? You’d, of course, have said no chance coming into the 2012-13 NBA season, and anytime in ...

| Dec 12, 2012

Knicks may live up to hype this time

by Sam Smith

There’s an old question you hear around the NBA sometimes. It goes like this: What’s the definition of a dynasty? Answer: When a family in China governs for hundreds of years. Or when a New York sports team wins three games in a row. ...

| Nov 28, 2012

Cerebral Paul a true renaissance man

by Sam Smith

You don’t hear much profound in sports locker room these days, even about sports. You hear about “rhythm,” and “momentum” and playing them “one at a time.” So it was a delight to listen to Chris Paul the other day. The Los Angeles Clippers ...

| Nov 14, 2012

Brown wasn't only problem for Lakers

by Sam Smith

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 best-selling book “The Jordan Rules” and now writes for bulls.com. He was honored ...