Sam Smith Archive

Feb 8

The Bulls Saturday certainly made the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce proud. Their stay in New Orleans was the most fun, perhaps the only real fun, the team has had in weeks.

“I’m just happy that we won the game,” said Derrick Rose.

A game. For the Bulls, just like the definition for a change, an activity providing amusement and …

Jan 31

Could the Bulls Friday have stumbled upon something while yet again trying to climb out of one of those deep holes of despair that have kept them from achieving the brilliance so many expected?

It would require a charge of heart, if not mind. But the possibilities are intriguing even as the Bulls headed back to Chicago for a four-day …

Jan 30

See Derrick shoot, shoot Derrick shoot?

That’s been one of the questions for the Bulls in the two games on this Western Conference trip as Rose’s shooting helped the Bulls Tuesday beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime, but then Thursday in Los Angeles Rose came up short on the potential game winner in a rough seven for 26 shooting …

Jan 30

Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers’ leading scorer at more than 22 per game, had just gone out for the season with shoulder surgery. Second leading scorer Nick Young was out injured. The Lakers were starting some guys the Bulls had heard of, but not many along with Jordan Clarkson, Ryan Kelly and Wayne Ellington. The Lakers had lost nine …

Jan 29

The new Jimmy Butler was introduced Thursday to start against the Lakers.

You know, All-Star Jimmy Butler.

“It’s an honor,” Butler told reporters before the game in his first comments about being named a first time All-Star. “I think everybody would love to make the All-Star team in their career. I feel like I’ve come a long way since I …

Jan 29

It’s probably a long shot for Derrick Rose to be added to the Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday when the reserves are announced in a vote of the conference coaches.

But Rose is lobbying for his teammate, Jimmy Butler, who is among the favorites to be added.

“I’ll be happy for him,” Rose said before the team’s morning practice at …

Jan 28

It was a little bit of June Tuesday played out in January, a Golden State Warriors team fast breaking toward greatness and a Bulls team with the resume if not always the resolve. But this time the Bulls endured and excelled, perhaps as effectively as they have all season with a thrilling 113-111 overtime victory over the league’s winningest team.…

Jan 27

He’s the kid, the astonishing point guard who makes you gasp in delight when you watch him, apparently on the way to being the NBA’s Most Valuable Player with the league’s winningest team. It was Derrick Rose not long ago. Tuesday in Oakland, it will be Rose and the Bulls trying to keep up with—or slow down—Stephen Curry. And the …

Jan 25

It appears to be an intriguing strategy the Bulls have embraced, and once again on display Sunday in a 96-84 loss to the Miami Heat in which someone named Hassan Whiteside had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks in just under 25 minutes off the bench.

That’s now Bulls losses to four teams recently who either will miss the …

Jan 25

Luol Deng was back.

But just for a day.

One of five players in Bulls franchise history to have played during 10 seasons with the team and sixth alltime in games played as a Bull, Deng was back in the United Center for the first time Sunday with his Miami Heat.

It was a trip down Deng’s memory lane when …

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