CTL chats with NBA HOF inductee Sam Smith
Fri, 24 Feb 2012|
Sam Smith, who has covered the Bulls for over 20 years, was announced as a 2012 inductee into the NBA Hall of Fame Friday. Chicago Tribune Live chatted with the Chicago reporting legend - 2/24
Joining us now from Orlando. Is. Wait for it. All of fame writer and even have -- be the vast improvement sand Smit. Said congratulations on being named the winner of the curt -- media award. You be enshrined in the media wing at this summer what was your initial reaction when you found out that you once wore. Public first -- if there where. Honoring -- saddle shoes where most of the time yeah. I'll eat so I can't I don't not -- -- a little disappointing not not just. That was the thing that thing about it think about it should state. But my job I get to go to basketball games and they they need for that. All the time and and they are you -- -- gone to the game besides electorate and now this is a great country I don't hear anything negative about our country ever can't. They have it's it's still looking for me AP. All those games you went to best single moment. Hit it's it's usually -- The body of work a lot. It for a moment but when ripples when the championship in 91. Haven't been here through. All the series when they lost in the short here the year here and disappointment. And an absolute joy for all of the championships war. That's sense of relief and joy in that locker room and they won that one when it was just so much diversity important piece -- -- trying to Hamilton from the -- congratulations. Sir. If there was a sort of along those lines and grow the superlatives who heard the top 23 best guys you covered along the way. Well in that area it is it's still -- it today but the Bulls that had. In order to. Reminder exceptions is that extraordinary. People around a lot around the team and and I think this team. It evidence of that. In -- Paxson and gar Forman have a lot -- -- without -- doesn't and he criticized. Of course it character actually got to -- a chance. You know on -- JR Smith or. Gilbert Arenas Sony's characters. And end but you know but it stuck to guys who work hard to commit and I think to see that -- team in. You know all the stuff that went on to. And like chronicled some of it in my -- -- early ninety's. About the great. And their group Bulls players to your round two. Artwork and one thing or is. You know people forget that most talked about their needs to take time off and I understand that but I am who Michael. And we -- traveled around the small town -- seasonably in the perhaps or someone help and we were one time playing like 3538. Minutes back. Aren't quite to that. He says it's it's it's more than just a team thinking responsibility. To the game and responsibility to play I -- people come see me. And I got to go out there and play and you know what you wanna do that and nobody had a lot of those kind of guys which turned mr. Duke but a guy out. Our -- to care about the team and you know went in and rooting harder even more than the individual self so. They Sammy thrill of Mets are part congratulations to you. Hard on the I'm part of in answer to a trivia question I want the guys who covered the Bulls for the Tribune before you did and then early this. -- Well. Yes and I know the answer to this already but television that the viewers. What how special it is because of the fraternity of Riders. Who covered the NBA particularly in imminent in the eighties. Some a long time guys -- does that make it even more special to. It was service award known the guys that spent. Are a good bit of their careers covering the NBA. -- I didn't factors right now with Purdue locked up to me. I don't think he covered much of they wrote that it would and that Jerry and didn't stop -- but you know. We're talking about that. Think about that talk about the little little -- today you. And aunts and you're asking him with the media session out. Not bitter loss on the boards at the other years he felt he was. And he's pretty this year and look around the Steelers and I should be on the team but then I'd say whom I can take off the and it's sort of same thing when I started. Let's see Logan. He should do in the -- and and it was when the real Pioneers and you know never did get honored. Like I've been very fortunate to -- and that he was the first president of basketball writers association. Of sort of compromise choice which entire team. New York and Boston were fighting it out and with Chicago and went. Whoever thought that would happen but. -- -- and so you -- the real hot and he has what it means the guys starting -- team and Cochran team in the amphitheater when there was you know 800000. People Eric. And on the road in horrible conditions and -- tonight and I traveled my start in the eighties and personal child and commercial and you know those guys -- and majority curt traveled been. -- -- before you know moved here when they wouldn't talk about three in three games that were important five nights and roll and -- remember chatting ultimately go to Fort -- it stopped enough. A city like. Thirty miles north because there was no trainer when -- support Wayne and he had been hot rods were tried and and and all the excitement into -- candidates out there and I did. -- -- -- -- You know -- If you're just fortunate he kicked out and any any wonder that people. You know proceeded to end. You don't hit the just as well it it. Very much to -- There you know you make it to the hall of fame Jerry Krause was not named a finalist to the hall of fame for the second year. I do you see a time where work Krause will eventually be enshrined. Yes I do I I think it it takes so wild that shot. It happened in putting executives in -- claims that you really need the job to expand and and and I was really pleased today Chet walker. Without. The engine and I talked to -- today. And that is really thrilled about it Williams also lose it and the and sentenced. When we're in Czech team. And so that's two pounding they -- admit mixed players and coaches and contributors in almost had a player. Or coach and Jerry and a great jobs in the -- nobody doubts I think. Got like Gerry were there with six tackles and what he's -- -- people to pick it with the Bulls. I'm confident he will in the end I think it's gonna take -- protection Leonard can take a couple of times and expand. These committees. So there's probably going to be 93 degrees in Springfield when -- enshrined the big question that everybody here in Chicago wants to know will you be wearing the sweater vest. -- a year enshrined at the hall of fame -- And settles you down -- the question about that but yeah. That the pressure I'm five months to kick out of the right slugger Prince Sultan. We have that much time and they let it get it right.