Sam Smith Archive

Nov 28

There was a dog in the locker room and he ate the game plan. No, they ate a seafood pregame meal and pulled a mussel. Wait, no, they couldn’t get their pregame naps because there was a loud chess team staying in the hotel on a holiday trip and the chess nuts were boasting in an open foyer. They thought …

Nov 25

Remember those days for the Bulls when the fourth quarters were like a slog through a swamp with players standing around on offense, barely getting off shots to beat the clock while pressuring and switching and closing and finally creeping above 90 points to win a game?

Oh right, Tuesday.

Because that’s when the Bulls with Derrick Rose back in …

Nov 22

The Bulls are in big trouble.

Wait, let me structure that a different way.

The Bulls bigs are troubled.

“I’ve got to be more aggressive offensively and look for my opportunities,” said a somber Joakim Noah late Friday night after the Bulls loss to the Golden State Warriors. “Right now I’m not really sure where I can get them, but …

Nov 21

There is a method to that madness that has become Jimmy Butler’s life, the multiple workouts per day, starting basically every morning at 5 and pounding away.

“I want to give us the best chance of winning,” Butler was saying in Oakland late Friday night. “That’s why I train as many times as I train per day, as early as …

Nov 20

When in the course of basketball events it becomes necessary for a player to dissolve the beliefs he’s lived by and the laws of the game, it becomes necessary to declare what impelled him to the separation.

Derrick Rose holds these truths to be self-evident, that it’s no longer time to sacrifice reason and good sense in the name of …

Nov 20

The Golden State Warriors qualify these days in the NBA as the irresistible force not only with their 13-0 start, but also Thursday’s 23-point comeback win against the Los Angeles Clippers. The question for Jimmy Butler and the Bulls Friday in Oakland is whether they can become the immovable object.

Because then something’s gotta give.

“Impossible to guard,” said Bulls …

Nov 19

Jimmy Butler didn’t drive the team bus to the arena Wednesday in Phoenix. He didn’t tape anyone’s ankle. He didn’t sing the national anthem. But Butler did pretty much everything else for the Bulls in a spectacular down-the-stretch shooting and defensive performance to carry the Bulls to a 103-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

It was an unlikely and perhaps …

Nov 17

Jimmy’s under the boards, Jimmy’s in the open, Jimmy makes the shot.

And then Jimmy made the block. And the Bulls won!

Jimmy likes it when the Bulls win.

“We’ve got to learn to build on our leads,” said Bulls guard Jimmy Butler Monday after the Bulls 96-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers. “But a win’s a win,”

Butler had …

Nov 14

Hush, hush not so sweet Charlotte.

The Bulls may not have finally quieted and solved the mystery of the Charlotte Hornets. But Friday in the United Center, the Bulls at least got a measure of justice for themselves in a hard earned 102-97 victory.

“This was a good one,” said Jimmy Butler. “At home, after what they did to us …

Nov 14

It was with mixed emotions and heavy hearts, flashbacks to the United States’ own horror of the September 11 attacks, that invaded the United Center Friday with the terrorist murders in Paris Friday night.

Bulls center Joakim Noah lived part of his youth in France as his father is Yannick Noah, the French former tennis star and current entertainer.

“Really …

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