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General Information

Name:  Sam Smith  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1948 in Brooklyn, New York

-- Sam Smith on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Since October, 2008 sports journalist Sam Smith has been doing all his writing and continuing his popular NBA column exclusively on the the Chicago Bulls' web site, Bulls. com.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sam Smith covered the Bulls and the NBA for the Chicago Tribune for 25 years. He is the author of the best selling The Jordan Rules, which was top ten on the New York Times Bestseller List for three months. Smith served as president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association for four terms, a feat no one else has accomplished. He also served on committees for the NBA and The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Titles At Your Library

The Jordan Rules
ISBN: 0671796666

Pocket Books. 1993

The most gifted athlete ever to play the game, Michael Jordan rose to heights no basketball player had ever reached before. What drove Michael Jordan? The pursuit of team success...or of his own personal glory? The pursuit of excellence...or of his next multimillion-dollar endorsement? The flight of the man they call Air Jordan had been rocked by controversy. In The Jordan Rules, which chronicles the Chicago Bulls' first championship season, Sam Smith takes the #1 Bull by the horns to reveal the team behind the man...and the man behind the Madison Avenue smile. Here is the inside game, both on and off the court, including:

  • Jordan's power struggles with management, from verbal attacks on the general manager to tantrums against his coach
  • Behind-the-scenes feuds, as Jordan punches a teammate in practice and refuses to pass the ball in the crucial minutes of big games
  • The players who competed with His Airness for Air Time -- Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright -- telling their sides of the story
  • A penetrating look at coach Phil Jackson, the former flower child who blossomed into one of the NBA's top motivators and who finally found a way to coax "Michael and the Jordanaires" to the their first title

A provocative eyewitness account, The Jordan Rules delivers all the nonstop excitement, tension, and thrills of a championship season -- and an intense, fascinating portrait of the incomparable Michael Jordan.

Second Coming: The Strange Odyssey of Michael Jordan - From Courtside to Home Plate and Back Again
ISBN: 0060175028

Harpercollins. 1995

The story of Jordan's departure from and return to the Chicago Bulls describes his anguish over his father's death and his attempts to succeed in major league baseball



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