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Sam Smith Signing Event for New Book

Author of Bestselling The Jordan Rules to Sign Copies of His New Book There Is No Next at Barnes & Noble at DePaul Center in Chicago


New York, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/21/2015 --Legendary Chicago Bulls sportswriter Sam Smith will be signing his There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan at the Barnes and Noble DePaul Center at 1 East Jackson Blvd in downtown Chicago on Thursday January 22 at 12:00.

Part oral history, part narrative, There Is No Next is filled with views and commentary from many of the biggest names in NBA history—Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Bill Walton, David Stern, Doug Collins, Joe Dumars, and others—who played against him and watched him. Taken in total, they paint a portrait of the most graceful, powerful, competitive and mentally focused force to step on the hardwood.

In There Is No Next, Smith steers fans through the pre-Jordan history of the Chicago Bulls, Jordan's play on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, his arrival on the Bulls, his phenomenal first round playoff performance against Boston, his ascent during his first seven seasons without a single appearance in the NBA finals, his dominant run leading the Bulls to six NBA championships, and his post-Bulls career.

Ultimately, There Is No Next is an exuberant celebration of Michael Jordan. The stories here justify the title: Jordan's rise, his above-the-world play, his marketing power, charisma and "what he represented in his time to the culture, society and the world" can never be duplicated. There will never be another Jordan, but you can rediscover and relish the original in There Is No Next.

Sam Smith, the world's most knowledgeable guide and analyst on his subject, is also the author of The New York Times bestseller The Jordan Rules, and the sequel, Second Coming. He has covered the Chicago Bulls and the NBA for more than three decades as a reporter and columnist for The Chicago Tribune for 28 years, and currently for Bulls.com. Recipient of the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award from the NBA Hall of Fame, he also received the Professional Basketball Writers Association Lifetime Achievement award in 2011. He is a frequent guest on Bulls pre-game and half time telecasts as well as on nationally broadcast programs.

More information on Smith's event can be found at the DePaul University bookstore website.

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