Sam Smith Archive

Jul 14

Cameron Bairstow never quite tried to hold up 196 fingers to signal his national ranking as an incoming freshman power forward at the U. of New Mexico, one of only two U.S. colleges that offered the Australian a basketball scholarship. And Bairstow did play to his ranking, averaging 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds as a freshman and 3.7 points and …

Jul 13

Bobby Portis, welcome to the NBA. Well, sort of the NBA. The part of the NBA where the likes of Lucas Nogueira, Bruno Cabocio and Norman Powell can make you look bad.

That group of Toronto Raptor wanna-bes did Sunday as the Bulls trailed the entire game and lost 81-66 to the Raptors’ hopefuls. It left the Bulls 1-1 in …

Jul 11

Doug McDermott shot a 20 footer the first time the Bulls had the ball in what would become an 84-71 Bulls summer league victory Saturday in coach Fred Hoiberg’s debut. McDermott missed. The second time the Bulls had the ball, McDermott put in a floater to tie the score.

McDermott would go on to score 20 points while Bulls No. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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