Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Jul 2
The Bulls are putting the band back together. But will it be able to hit the high notes?
That’s the big question as the Bulls, according to league sources and published reports, agreed Wednesday to contracts with their new Mr. Fabulous, Jimmy Butler, and fellow sole man Mike Dunleavy.
Teams are not permitted to discuss or officially sign contracts with …
Posted on Jun 29
No need to beware of Razorbacks bearing gifts, except perhaps if you’re the Bulls opposition.
Wearing a dark suit with a red bow tie, a red Bulls baseball cap and delivering three boxes of doughnuts (the traditional morning duty for rookies), Bulls first round draft pick Bobby Portis Monday announced his arrival in Chicago, both symbolic and hopeful.
“I’ve always …
Posted on Jun 3
It was before Fred Hoiberg’s third season coaching Iowa State. His team was 23-11 after a .500 rookie season and had won an NCAA game. Hoiberg was at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for the enshrinement of friend and former teammate Reggie Miller.
“I remember us having a conversation at my induction,” Miller recalled Tuesday after Hoiberg was officially …
Posted on Jun 2
They talk often about heart in sports, though more figuratively–like having a lot of it and playing with it—as opposed to literally, as new Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg did Tuesday like a cardiologist in explaining his heart surgeries, which included a recent one for a value he laughed clicks like crickets in the evening. But mostly the former Bulls player …
Posted on May 29
There is no episode or incident that truly reveals the measure and nature of a person. But there was one Tom Thibodeau story I love that provides a rare glimpse at the makeup of this man that was both his success and eventual undoing.
It was late June after Thibodeau’s rookie season as an NBA coach, his most successful in …
Posted on May 28
Sometimes it’s just time, time for a change, a divorce, a breakup, too much water under the bridge—or minutes throughout the lineup—as it were. That time came Thursday for the Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau when the Bulls announced Thibodeau was being dismissed as head coach.
Thibodeau departs after five seasons as the third longest tenured coach in franchise history …
Posted on May 15
“While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.”
— Maya Angelou
And so the Bulls’ 2014-15 season ends with arguably their worst loss of the season at the most vital time, the closeout game of the conference semifinal against rival LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who defeated the Bulls 94-73.
It perhaps sets back the Bulls …
Posted on May 15
It was a discouraging end to the 2014-15 season for the Bulls Thursday, a shocking 94-73 home blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers to lose the conference semifinal series 4-2.
But it perhaps was a new beginning for Derrick Rose.
“I always look at me stepping on the floor and me walking off the floor as a positive,” Rose said …
Posted on May 13
And then there was one, or as the Bulls hope, two more games.
“I feel like we’re a confident group of guys,” Jimmy Butler insisted late Tuesday night in a subdued Bulls post game locker room after Cleveland’s 106-101 win to take a 3-2 lead in the conference semifinal series. “We like the chances we have; obviously we’ve got to …
Posted on May 12
It didn’t sound good or look good for Pau Gasol, sidelined again Tuesday for Game 5 of the Bulls/Cavaliers Eastern Conference semifinal series, though Gasol was hopeful he could push toward a return for Game 6 Thursday.
“We’re hopeful,” Gasol said in an impromptu session with reporters outside the team locker room before Game 5. “Game 6 it will be …