The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith

The Jordan Rules

A SUPER TEAM...A SUPERSTAR...A SUPER EGO 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 Chic...


Details The Jordan Rules

TitleThe Jordan Rules
ISBN9780671796662
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 1993
PublisherPocket Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Nonfiction, Basketball, Biography
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Reviews The Jordan Rules

  • Will Johnson
    1970-01-01
    Reprinted from my website Secure Immaturity:A good sports book is one that, even if the ending is known, still builds suspense and doubt in the reader. In that regard, The Jordan Rules, by then-first time author Sam Smith is a failure. The book follows the exploits of the 1990-1991 Chicago Bulls. . .probably the least impressive of the six champion Bulls teams. The title comes from a phrase the Detroit Pistons used during their reign as an Easter...
  • 07EthanW Wibben
    1970-01-01
    What struck me the most in the book was the attitude that Jordan had toward basketball. In the book Jordan talks about how he could not wait for his contract to end so that he could retire and play golf. I would think that the arguably best basketball player would never want to quit and would want to play for as long as possible and win as much as possible. I would defiantly read more books by Sam Smith. He did a great job getting a lot of inform...
  • Jose Tagle
    1970-01-01
    lms for TBH!!!! so bored at school -___-
  • Keenan Johnston
    1970-01-01
    I had no idea that the Bulls first championship season was so dysfunctional. Jordan was selfish and hadn't realized yet that he couldn't win championships without the help of his teammates. This was the first season they implemented "the triangle" in an effort to force the ball out of MJ's hands, but he kind of refused to use the offensive system and I got the sense they never really mastered it that year. The entire team was frustrated with MJ a...
  • Joe Loncarich
    1970-01-01
    Finally read this book, you know, 25 years after it was relevant, but it's a great look into that Bulls first championship team of the 90s. At first I thought it was amazing that it didn't harm Jordan's reputation more, but then I realized that books are for nerds, and there's no place for nerds in sports.
  • 03mckayc
    1970-01-01
    TITLE: THE JORDAN RULESYEAR: 1992AUTHOR: SAM SMITH#OF PAGES: 378INTENDED AUDIENCE: SPORTS FANSMAIN ISSUE: STRUGGLES OF HAVING AN ALLSTARSETTING: MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE BULLS IN CHICAGOS FIRST YEARS OF STARDOMMAIN CHARACTERS: MICHAEL JORDAN, PHIL JACKSON, AND JERRY KRAUSESTORY SUMMARY:THE CHICAGO BULLS AQUIRED MICHAEL JORDAN AS THEIR FIRST DRAFT PICK IN THE 1984 DRAFT. HE WAS THE THIRD PICK IN THE DRAFT UNDER HAKEEM OLAJUWAN AND SAM BOWIE. MICHAEL...
  • Patrick
    1970-01-01
    Here is a book full of fun anecdotes and several engaging theses (Phil Jackson is a genius! Jerry Krause is a douchebag! Stacey King is the fat guy who sucks!) and mires all of this in shitty writing. I don't understand how a chronological, journalistic history about 15 people you basically know personally can somehow have a muddy chronology and manage to confuse, but Sam Smith managed to do it. Three stars basically by virtue of the fact that th...
  • Vent Casey
    1970-01-01
    Smith does a good job of giving insight into the frame of mind that the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls were in, going into and through the season. I like how every player and coach is given their own profile apart from Jordan, and how they are revealed as humans whose job is to play and coach basketball, not as the 2-dimensional people that they are portrayed as by sports media. Also, how they managed egos, agendas, and moods to win the title. Was a quick...
  • Daniel O'Keefe
    1970-01-01
    His Airness®: The BookSam Smith may be the most boring singer ever, but the writer Sam Smith is a very good basketball writer. The Jordan Rules is a 1992 nonfiction book by the writer Sam Smith, not the boring Sam Smith. Also, Sam Smith is correct: He is not the only one (named Sam Smith). Fun Fact: Michael Jordan (not the actor) hates this book.Why does Michael Jordan hate this book? Simply, because the books paints him as an asshole. Okay, ass...
  • Sean Flynn
    1970-01-01
    the book was worth reading for me if only because it's about one of my all-time favorite teams, and because i had never read it when it first came out, even though it was the source of much discussion and controversy back then. it's also interesting to remember the context of that team--the prevailing idea of the time that no MJ-led team would ever win a title, juxtaposed with the knowledge that he ended up with six rings. that being said, i didn...
  • Ernest
    1970-01-01
    This book details the internal workings of the Chicago Bulls during the 1990/91 season as they won their first NBA Championship. What emerges is a fascinating look at the personalities, both on and off the court, of the Chicago Bulls players and management. Michael Jordan comes across as not just competitive but super-competitive, seemingly sometimes at the expense of personal relationships. Scottie Pippen comes across as being overly affect by t...
  • Mak
    1970-01-01
    Dette er ei bok for basketinteresserte, først og fremst. Det beste med den er alle anekdotane, menneskene og forholdene desse imellom den beskriver i Jordans første mesterskapssesong, og sjølv om det har gått over 25 år er mange av historiane vel så interessante å lese i dag. No er den først og fremst eit unikt innblikk i 90-tallets definerende basketlag, og sesongen dei endelig nådde toppen, for mange av tinga som først vart avslørt h...
  • Patrick
    1970-01-01
    We live in an age where it's very, very easy to get caught up in the moment. There are so many news and pop-culture outlets, talking heads, and media programs that exist almost solely to provoke instant nostalgia and put current events into historical perspective. Every big game by an athlete was the GREATEST PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY and every crappy movie that comes out is the worst. movie. ever. It's easy to lose perspective.And so that's how LeB...
  • Marian
    1970-01-01
    Interesting.The alternative title could have been, "Why, Yes, Michael Jordan Really Was An Unpleasant Teammate." It's also a fascinating glimpse of Phil Jackson before he became the Zen Master, as it seems as if he was barely holding on to the reins of the team; and, even then, liked to play little mind games. It's crazy that they managed to be cohesive enough to be as successful as they were.
  • Nithin Reddy
    1970-01-01
    Jordan Rules offers an insight into the magical seasons of the early 1990s. I learned many things about those early Bulls (I wasn't born then), especially the antics and personality of Michael Jordan. Smith reveals the many terrible things about my role model including his gambling addiction, bullying of teammates (especially young guys), hatred toward management, and much more. Read this, if you're looking to turn back the clock to 90s basketbal...
  • Mugizi Rwebangira
    1970-01-01
    It has some good content but I found it very poorly written. It reads like something that was written in a great rush, which is exactly what happened. The stories of what was going on behind the scene at the time are pretty interesting, although obviously they don't resonate in 2018 as they did in 1991.I wouldn't say it's ESSENTIAL reading, but if you're a big Michael Jordan fan or followed the NBA closely in the 1990s it's probably worth a read.
  • Mihály Szabó
    1970-01-01
    Érdekes, de túlságosan részletekbe menő, nem eléggé könnyed olvasmány. De kétségtelenül izgalmas "belehallgatni" az öltözői beszélgetésekbe, mélyebben belelátni a játékosok életébe, lelkivilágába stb. (Ki gondolta volna, hogy Jordan már 1990-ben gondolkodott a visszavonuláson, még ha ebből hátránya is származik!)
  • Daniel
    1970-01-01
    I'd never read it before, and it's amazing. It's hard to think of another sports book (and I've read a ton of them) that has this much insider detail. I remember it being considered an MJ hitjob when it came out, and he does not come across well in the book, but in the end I think it's honest, and what MJ has revealed about his character since then confirms that.
  • Alex
    1970-01-01
    I could give this three stars, but sticking with two. It's just really boring. Page after page after page about how Jordan alienated his teammates and shot all the time. Mixed in are some interesting stories and a seemingly game-by-game chronicle of the season. I skimmed large sections.
  • Chantell Thomas
    1970-01-01
    I thought this book was a good book because it basically was talking about how M.J did his job and how he did his job well. This book is basically all about his life and how he came up as a little Chicago kid that wanted to do something with his self.
  • William Lowe
    1970-01-01
    This was a good book for any basketball fan. It really gives an inside look at the 90-91 Bulls team that won their first title. I thought it was well written and interesting seeing how the team dynamic changed through the season and into the playoffs.
  • Brian
    1970-01-01
    Not nearly as fun as I had hoped. Jordan was selfish and everybody disliked him, but he shared the ball in the playoffs. Craig Hodges was a glue guy.
  • Gordon McLean
    1970-01-01
    Fascinating if you are a sportsman (of any kind).
  • Daniel
    1970-01-01
    One of my favorite sport books. Good nostalgia from childhood growing up watching the NBA on NBC. Good stories on Jordan
  • Ray Gao
    1970-01-01
    Disappointing book. Was full of anecdotes, unorganized, confusing chronological scheme. Still provide some interesting moments and was entertaining, thus raising my rating to 3 stars.
  • Nikola Zelenovic
    1970-01-01
    Good book, talks about the Jordan Rules that the Detroit Pistons used against Jordan when they played against him in the playoffs.
  • Wayne To
    1970-01-01
    Eye opening and revealing, but I wonder how much of this account was crafted in mind of its author...seemed like a lot of reconstructed private conversations
  • Dr. Mantis Toboggan, M.D.
    1970-01-01
    I’m not really a fan of basketball anymore, but I loved it as a kid during the Michael Jordan era and I still enjoy reading about the subject from time to time. Books like Phil Jackson’s The Last Season and Jack McCallum’s Seven Seconds or Less are both entertaining, informative reads that give you an insight into what life is like behind the scenes of the NBA (I.E. hard-working coaches having to deal with spoiled, overpaid athletes who whi...
  • Judd Vance
    1970-01-01
    What a difference 15 years makes! When this book came out, it was extremely controversial because it portrayed Michael Jordan in an unflattering light. I read part of it in 1992 and thought it was too much mudslinging for my tastes and I put it down. Back then, I bought Wheaties boxes with Jordan on it and thought he was extremely cool.In 2007, I read it again. This was long after the Jordan luster had worn off. He was exposed as a bully, homopho...