Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Feb 13
The story in some respects Sunday at the first NBA All-Star game played outside the United States is the story of the international sports icon, NBA champion and perennial All-Star who probably is playing in his last NBA All-Star game.
Yes, Kobe Bryant, also.
”Just proud, proud and humbled by everything I’ve been able to accomplish,” Bulls center Pau Gasol …
Posted on Feb 13
Jimmy Butler didn’t quite articulate it as such when he met reporters Friday afternoon at the All-Star weekend annual media session. But he seemed to provide something of a road map to the team’s season of potholes.
And no one is to blame, even if it seems like it’s a flat tire without a spare.
It’s the irresistible force and …
Posted on Feb 12
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday at the All-Star weekend festivities in Toronto completed its 2016 list and disclosed the 14 finalists for election in the Class of ‘2016, highlighted by Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.
They’ll find out if they are to be Hall of Famers this year when the final results are …
Posted on Feb 11
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Wednesday after a discouraging and dispiriting Bulls 113-90 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks that he asked his players to look themselves in the mirror during the coming midseason All-Star game break.
But what happens if there is no reflection?
“It has been a bad, bad stretch of basketball,” Hoiberg admitted of the Bulls 13th …
Posted on Feb 9
Did you know the Energizer Bunny was arrested? He was charged with battery. I’d be condescending, but I’m not sure anyone would understand. You have to lose those great memories. You know, when you can cherish the misconceptions you had about someone.
There, now haven’t you smiled a little and forgotten about that brutal Bulls 106-91 Monday loss to the …
Posted on Feb 7
Wasn’t Groundhog Day Tuesday?
Because like in the Harold Ramis/Bill Murray movie, it seems for the Bulls like a bad day keeps repeating itself in an endless loop as the Bulls Saturday for the third time in a week blew a late lead and lost, this time 112-105 to the Minnesota Timberwolves when the Timberwolves scored the last 12 points …
Posted on Feb 6
And then there was one.
Who had Derrick Rose in the pool for the only healthy Bulls current or former All-Star in February?
Joakim Noah was lost for the season with shoulder surgery last month. Pau Gasol sustained a hand injury in the Wednesday victory in Sacramento and was out for Friday’s game in Denver. After scoring 19 points in …
Posted on Feb 5
The Bulls Friday lost Pau Gasol before the game, Jimmy Butler during the game and in the end they lost an 18-point third quarter lead and the game in the last seconds, the Denver Nuggets coming all the way back for a 115-110 victory.
The Bulls were led by Derrick Rose with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Butler …
Posted on Feb 4
E’Twaun Moore has got to be some kind of super hero, at least the way he played Wednesday in the Bulls 107-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
First, there was ‘Twaun to the rescue with Jimmy Butler missing his first game of the season with a sore knee, Moore scoring 13 of his career high 24 points in the first …
Posted on Feb 2
This one Monday looked so good and so welcome for the Bulls that the usually inscrutable Derrick Rose bowed to the Salt Lake City crowd in appreciation and celebration after his three pointer for a 93-90 lead seemed to give the Bulls a victory.
But sometimes it can be a long 18.9 seconds.
Because in that time the Bulls lost …