Sam Smith Archive

May 5

For a while it was a fun word play and take off on Michael Jordan’s famous two-word press release in 1995: I’m back! And so it was for Derrick Rose, though fitfully without a finish in 2012-13, then sadly after a few weeks in 2013-14 and again last summer with USA Basketball and this season until, alas, he was gone …

May 5

The Bulls Monday didn’t slay the giant, though their 99-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal was complete, efficient and impressive.

Derrick Rose had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, Pau Gasol added 21 points and 10 rebounds, 13 points in the third quarter when the Cavaliers rallied back from a 16-point …

May 4

Perhaps you’d say Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler are a basketball version of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the daring and iconoclastic old West figures ready to shoot ‘em up and who definitely draw attention. Though it didn’t end too well for those guys. They do make sweet string music, sort of having the basketball soul of Sam and …

May 1

The Bulls Thursday may have been the ones more stunned–if also wondering where that has been–than the Milwaukee Bucks with the Bulls incredible 120-66 victory to close out the first round playoff series 4-2.

The Bulls now open the conference semifinals in Cleveland 6 p.m. Monday.

The Bulls assured that with one of the most commanding and dominant playoff victories …

May 1

The Bulls will be in Cleveland the first week of May. And everyone knows what that means, 47 degrees, a cold wind off the lake, dark and dank days with heavy overcast, downtown streets torn up with construction and perhaps one or two downtown restaurants open. But no one’s complaining.

“I never thought I’d say this, but I’m very excited …

Apr 29

“Jimmy, Jimmy, he’s our man; If he can’t do it… Jimmy Can?”

Stop right there, Bulls scoring leader Jimmy Butler was saying following Bulls practice Wednesday. It’s not exactly the classic team mantra, but Butler says he’s had enough. It’s on him. And if he does what he’s supposed to do, the Bucks stop right there Thursday in Milwaukee.

“You …

Apr 28

Well, it looks like the Milwaukee Bucks got the Bulls attention.

“It’s definitely a challenge; got to give credit to the Bucks, their spirit, how they are competing, how they are giving themselves a chance,” Pau Gasol agreed after the Bucks Monday pulled within 3-2 in this first round playoff series with a convincing 94-88 victory in the United Center. …

Apr 26

Almost a half hour after the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday stunned the Bulls and Derrick Rose with a backdoor cut layup at the final buzzer for a 92-90 victory, the last victim, Rose, still had difficulty believing it had occurred.

“Devastating,” Rose said shaking his head after dressing slowly. ”But we get to play again…”

Rose paused, the play seemingly spinning …

Apr 24

Mike Dunleavy probably put it best about the Bulls 113-106 double overtime victory Thursday over the Milwaukee Bucks that gave the Bulls a theoretically insurmountable 3-0 lead in their first round playoff series.

Dunleavy said it was a game the Bulls were fortunate to win—since they trailed by 18 points in the second quarter—while it was a game the Bulls …

Apr 21

So, how do you like me now?

Well, that’s not exactly how Derrick Rose phrased it after Bulls practice Tuesday following the Bulls going ahead 2-0 in the first round playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks.

“It’s all about the team,” Rose told reporters of his favored philosophy. “I could care less about myself and how I’m performing. As long …

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