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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:

Injured Parker remains perfect fit for no-nonsense Spurs

/ | May 9, 2017

Injured Parker remains perfect fit for no-nonsense Spurs

Tim Duncan was the most famous; OK, maybe co-famous with David Robinson. Though Gregg Popovich might eclipse both with his coaching record and irascible demeanor. Manu Ginobili has perhaps the most panache, but Tony Parker probably symbolizes the San Antonio Spurs better than any. Parker rarely ...

Antetokounmpo no longer just a diamond in the rough

/ | Apr 25, 2017

Antetokounmpo no longer just a diamond in the rough

Giannis Antetokounmpo probably is the least favorite player of NBA writers. Just imagine trying to write "Antetokounmpo" on deadline. And that often. Antetokounmpo led his team in every major statistical category this season, points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He is the fifth ever to do ...

Russian influence on Nets leaves franchise in disarray

/ | Apr 11, 2017

Russian influence on Nets leaves franchise in disarray

The United States is having a lot of problems with Russia. It apparently helped elect as American president a narcissistic, racist, misogynist pathological liar. But perhaps worse, it may have ruined the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets. Well, not exactly the country, but one of its most prominent ...

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 the ...