In this week's edition of the Ask Sam mailbag, Sam Smith answers your questions about the 2013 NBA Draft, why he would hang on to Luol Deng, and the promising future addition of Nikola Mirotic, who was recently named the MVP of Spain's professional basketball league, the ACB League.
Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Sports Business Awards on Wednesday. “Those of us in team sports are very lucky,” said Reinsdorf. “Not only because we don’t have real jobs, but because we’re able to bring joy to so many people and because we can make the world a better place.”
In Episode 14 of The Sam Smith Podcast, Sam looks back at a memorable 2012-13 Bulls season that included snapping two team's winning streaks, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng making the All-Star team, and the growth of Jimmy Butler. Smith also recaps the series against the Heat and looks forward to the conference finals in the NBA Playoffs. Listen | Subscribe
Bulls Head Athletic Trainer Fred Tedeschi has been named the recipient of the 2012-2013 Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year. “Fred is very deserving of this award,” said GM Gar Forman of Tedeschi. “He’s been a valuable member of our team for many years and his excellent work is appreciated by our players and everyone in the organization.”
Sam Smith: Are two No. 1 overall draft picks enough to make up for the loss of LeBron James? Probably not, but the Cavaliers got their second Tuesday in the NBA Draft Lottery, and that raised the intriguing possibility that the way really is being cleared for James to return to Cleveland as a free agent after next season.
Sam Smith: It is possible given consensus top pick Nerlens Noel from Kentucky is not nearly last year’s first selection, Anthony Davis, someone might want to make a deal for a future look if a team farther down likes him a lot. The larger question may be who can use this draft to make a move.
Team President & COO Michael Reinsdorf talks with Bulls.com and BullsTV about the undermanned Bulls making the most of the 2012-13 season, standing behind Luol Deng and Derrick Rose, and why he believes the team is in good hands with John Paxson and Gar Forman in charge of player personnel.
Sam Smith: Good health isn’t promised to anyone. But with Rose’s return, the maturation of Deng and Noah and how competitive the Bulls were against all the top teams in the Eastern Conference in the regular season and playoffs, it would seem likely without much, or any, change the team will be in position to compete for the conference championship next season.