Sam Smith Archive

Nov 13

Dwyane Wade is most familiar with that rare air colloquially known as the next level, that heady place in the NBA reserved for the truly elite, the stars among stars. Wade’s had his time there, like when he led the league in scoring while being in the top three in voting for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, that …

Nov 11

It’s been quite the year for Spencer Dinwiddie, one that included a trade from the Detroit Pistons to the Bulls after he’d spent considerable time playing in Grand Rapids in the D-league. Then there was being waived by the Bulls to accommodate their free agent signings last July, summer league in Las Vegas, then resigned by the Bulls after that, …

Nov 11

It wasn’t exactly a religious experience in Miami Thursday, though many came to worship former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. And Wade did admit he said a little prayer and, in the end, Jimmy Butler delivered.

It was enough to revive the Bulls with a ground out 98-95 victory over the Heat in Wade’s much anticipated first return to Miami. …

Nov 10

Welcoming back to your box of chocolates Chicago Bulls. That’s right, you just never know what you are going to get.

Sure, you’ll generally get good performances from Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, Butler with 39 points Wednesday and Wade 25 in the Bulls 115-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

But a Bulls team that was leading the league in …

Nov 8

Sometimes these Bulls can be magical.

Like Monday in the United Center when after a casual start, the Bulls made the Orlando Magic disappear in a welter of fast breaks, free throws, aggression and sustained activity on both ends of the floor.

The result was a massive 112-80 victory in which the Bulls led by double digits for most of …

Nov 5

As Dwyane Wade goes so goes the Bulls?

It may well be as the Bulls Saturday played their first uncompetitive game of the season in what not so coincidently was Wade’s poorest game of the fledgling season.

Wade was one of nine for four points as the Bulls never led, trailing by double digits for more than three quarters, by …

Nov 5

Derrick Rose caught an inbounds pass near midcourt and burst in a blur 50 feet through the defense in three seconds for a reverse layup. Joakim Noah rolled down the middle and slam dunked a pass from Rose and then went dashing to help on defense, yelling to switch, “Let me get him.”

It was all so familiar Friday in …

Nov 4

No, the parade Friday wasn’t for Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah returning to Chicago.

But as much as Rose and Noah hoped, wished and envisioned it would be them someday making Chicago feel proud, Rose, nevertheless, said he was thrilled for Chicago.

“Just coming back here, it felt good, to tell you the truth,” Rose told reporters after Knicks practice …

Nov 3

It was early in the fourth quarter of a game that was slipping away, looking like a Boston massacre, the Celtics driving forth to start the fourth quarter for an 86-70 lead over the Bulls. Time out. This was no tea party. Bodies were flying around like saucers. Cut to a few words from Dwyane Wade.

“I think D. Wade …

Nov 1

No one’s calling it Tajy-woo ball, but that’s also what it is. Throwing ahead, running the court, passing and finishing strong. It’s the way Taj Gibson learned to play, loved to play, got himself drafted into the NBA. It just wasn’t the way his team was playing, more half court, more deliberate. So he learned, he adapted, he excelled as …

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