Sam Smith Archive
Posted on Oct 24
The Bulls preseason, really, their whole season, was to be the story of Derrick Rose’s return from knee surgery and his subsequent play.
That, remarkably, has become something of an ancillary concern with the team’s 104-95 victory Wednesday over the Thunder in Wichita, Kansas and another superlative Rose game. Rose scored 26 points including 13 in the fourth quarter with …
Posted on Oct 22
OK, the Bulls are ready. Anyone else?
Still another week until the regular season begins and two more exhibition games? Geez.
The Bulls Monday made quick and painless work of the Milwaukee Bucks, leading by 16 points less than six minutes into the game, by 23 at halftime and by fewer than 10 points for all of 5.2 seconds late, …
Posted on Oct 19
I’ve been hearing the Bulls talk about this new offense this season, about motion and read and react and subtle alternations of their schemes.
Pssst, c’mere. I’ll tell you a little secret.
The offense is named Derrick Rose.
“I’m not holding back,” said Rose, who was brilliant in the Bulls’ second half 103-98 comeback win over the Indiana Pacers with …
Posted on Oct 18
Here we go again?
“It flared up on me,” Joakim Noah said before Friday’s preseason game against the Indiana Pacers after the Bulls earlier in the day said he would be held back another week due to his groin tweak. “Just need a little bit more time. I wanna be out there; we’re looking good. I gotta be healthy. It …
Posted on Oct 17
Lost Wednesday in the excitement of Derrick Rose’s first game in the United Center in 18 months was those half dozen naked streakers spelling out “Bulls” during timeouts.
And first round draft pick Tony Snell having a breakout night with a dozen points that included a pair of three pointers, four assists and three steals.
Yeah, missed that, too?
Posted on Oct 17
With Derrick Rose, now after four Bulls preseason games, it’s perhaps just about looking for flaws. And, amazingly enough, there don’t seem to be any.
“As long as I’m playing the way I’m playing and we’re winning games, I couldn’t care less about getting back to my regular self,” Rose said Wednesday after the Bulls’ easy 96-81 victory over the …
Posted on Oct 16
Derrick Rose is back.
Again, and again, and again, this latest one being Wednesday for Rose’s first home game at the United Center since his serious knee injury.
Rose was greeted with a standing ovation as public address announcer Tommy Edwards stretched out, “Froooooooommmmmmmm Chicago, No. 1…”
And then Rose went out and scored the first basket with a driving …
Posted on Oct 14
Derrick Rose survived the first crisis.
“My knee was good,” Rose late Monday told breathless, expectant reporters after staying on the practice floor longer than any of his teammates. “I never was worried about it. I could have played (Saturday in Rio). But the front office made a decision to sit me out. My health is No. 1.”
So crisis …
Posted on Oct 8
Derrick Rose still is healthy.
But the Bulls Monday in running away from the Memphis Grizzlies 106-87 for a second consecutive preseason victory are feeling good and pretty much are making this Rose watch theme moot.
“The first half I was kind of jittery,” said Rose, who played an uneventful 23 minutes with once again 13 points and four of …
Posted on Oct 6
Joakim Noah isn’t quiet much. He’s not Nate Robinson loud. But there’s often some sort of cacophony rising around Noah, as there was almost throughout Saturday’s Bulls opening night exhibition game win in Indianapolis.
“Woooooooo,” Noah bellowed as he sat on the bench with his blue blazer over, well, an outfit that traditionally doesn’t blend with a blue blazer.