Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Dec 31
Sometimes you begin the day with excellent intentions, but stuff happens. The train breaks down and you’re late; you spill coffee on the keyboard; everyone in the office is laughing but you; the IRS is on line two; you shoot two of 15 after having shot five of 20 the night before.
“It’s the first game it’s been like this,” …
Posted on Dec 30
Derrick, Derrick, he’s our man, if he can’t do it, Jo can.
Jo, Jo, he’s our man, if he can’t do it, Taj can.
Taj, Taj, he’s our man, if he can’t do it…
Well, Pau and Jimmy did this time in the end.
“We definitely have a lot of weapons offensively that can deliver,” Pau Gasol was saying Monday …
Posted on Dec 28
You can be walking down the street pretty much any day in Chicago, and if a man comes up to you and asks you what time it is on your watch, well, there’s an easy answer.
“There’s no lying anymore,” Joakim Noah was saying late Saturday night after the Bulls sure handed 107-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans and …
Posted on Dec 26
Could it be? Who knows? Something’s coming, something good? You’re not sure what it is, but it could be great. Yes, there could be a heck of a West Side story developing in the United Center.
“The good thing I feel when you look at the Chicago Bulls, there’s a green arrow,” Joakim Noah was saying after the Bulls delivered …
Posted on Dec 25
It’s never a scientific process to identify the point where a great athlete’s career changes, sort of the beginning of the end.
Sometimes it’s an injury, or just the natural aging process. It can be both. Maybe it will be for Kobe Bryant, who is playing in his 19th season after returning from major injuries and having played just six …
Posted on Dec 25
Your 2015 NBA All-Star starters.
For the Eastern Conference, John Wall and Dwyane Wade at guard; LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol in the front court.
That’s the result of the first vote released Christmas Day morning.
For the Bulls, Derrick Rose was fifth among the Eastern Conference guards and Jimmy Butler sixth.
What that means is that it’s …
Posted on Dec 24
John Wall, check. Kyrie Irving, check. Damian Lillard, check. Deron Williams, check. Yes, it starting to seem like old times again.
“Like I have been saying from the beginning,” Derrick Rose was saying after he and the Bulls took down another top team and another great guard, this time John Wall and the Washington Wizards Tuesday in an inspiring 99-91 …
Posted on Dec 23
No offense, but Splash Brothers? Best backcourt in the NBA? Sounds a bit comfortable, like a soft landing in a pond. Boisterous Brothers? Brawny Brothers? Burly Brothers? Give that Bulls backcourt of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler a name after they combined Monday for 56 points and 16 of 17 from the free throw line in an exciting, lively and …
Posted on Dec 22
There are many routes to a starting position in the NBA.
Obviously high level talent is one. But increasingly in the NBA, players are entering so young and with their games unexplored, their maturity level undeveloped. They enter a grown up world really without enough preparation.
The great ones adjust quickly; the great majority face the test that determines the …
Posted on Dec 20
That’s it? That’s all you got? Stopped the Golden State Warriors winning streak at 16 games. Took out the defending champion Spurs in triple overtime on their court. Not bad, but it’s not like you’re facing Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and the rebounding guys.
“Jimmy has been unreal for us this year,” said Joakim Noah of Butler’s 31 points and …