Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Jul 11
So LeBron James is returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s been long speculated, though few believed it would occur this soon. Though few saw Dwyane Wade’s knees giving out so quickly, as well.
So now the questions come fast:
What will Carmelo Anthony do? Take an offer from the Bulls to start the Greatest Central Division Rivalry of …
Posted on Jun 27
I’ve been to a lot of bad Bulls drafts. Mark Randall, Byron Houston, Travis Knight, Marcus Fizer and Tyrus Thomas come to mind. Thursday night was a very good one as the Bulls pulled out a minor coup and traded their Nos. 16 and 19 draft picks for the rights to national player of the year, Doug McDermott of Creighton.…
Posted on May 20
So have the Cavs been paid back enough yet for losing LeBron James?
For the third time in four years, the Cavs Tuesday won the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and this one is a good one.
No, not as great as projected or predicted before the season. But with the No. 1 pick and a roster that …
Posted on May 8
Taj Gibson finished a close second to Jamal Crawford in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year voting, but he remains the winner with the Bulls.
“You have to congratulate Jamal and for what he’s done throughout his career,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “But in my opinion, and I’m biased of course, but to me Taj was the Sixth …
Posted on May 1
The Bulls 2013-14 season ended Tuesday with that 75-69 defeat to lose 4-1 in the playoff series to the Washington Wizards.
Wednesday began Melo Watch 2014, Day 1: He’s having dinner.
“We have a big summer in front of us,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman told reporters at the Berto Center Wednesday after exit meetings with players. “We may have …
Posted on Apr 30
This 2013-14 Bulls season that ended Tuesday night at the United Center in a 75-69 loss to the Washington Wizards — the third straight Bulls home loss in this 4-1 Wizards’ playoff win — probably couldn’t have ended any other way.
The overachieving, hard working, never-give-up band had Joakim Noah limping through 43 minutes on a swollen knee and Taj …
Posted on Apr 30
So what’s next for the Bulls after yet another disappointing close to the season, a second first round exit losing to a lower seed.
In 2012, it was Derrick Rose’s devastating injury in the first game of the playoffs and then the six-game loss. Last season, it was the thrilling first round series and seventh game victory in Brooklyn before …
Posted on Apr 27
As playoff slogans go, the Bulls have completed half. They’re going home after Sunday’s discouraging 98-89 Game 4 loss to the Washington Wizards. Now the Bulls have to win.
“You can’t put it on any one guy,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as his team was badly outplayed, especially from the start, for the fourth consecutive game. “It’s our team, …
Posted on Apr 26
Mike Dunleavy at 6-9 could make threes and big ones, like he did Friday night in the Bulls’ vital 100-97 victory over the Washington Wizards, like the five threes in the 2001 NCAA title game and a team-high 21 points as Duke won the national championship.
“He always played big when it counted,” says his father, former NBA player, coach …
Posted on Apr 26
No, no Nene for the Washington Wizards noon Sunday in Game 4 of the first round playoff series against the Bulls.
And the Wizards, leading 2-1 in the series, have to be shaking their head and exclaiming, “Oh, no Nene!”
That’s because the NBA Saturday afternoon announced a one-game suspension for the Wizards’ big man who had been the star …