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The Jordan Rules

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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  7,326 ratings  ·  128 reviews
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
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published January 1992)
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William Johnson
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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 Eastern Conference power: the Jordan Rules were rules th
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Jose Tagle
lms for TBH!!!! so bored at school -___-
07EthanW Wibben
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 information and quotes from the players and made a great ...more
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TITLE: THE JORDAN RULES
YEAR: 1992
AUTHOR: SAM SMITH
#OF PAGES: 378
INTENDED AUDIENCE: SPORTS FANS
MAIN ISSUE: STRUGGLES OF HAVING AN ALLSTAR
SETTING: MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE BULLS IN CHICAGOS FIRST YEARS OF STARDOM
MAIN CHARACTERS: MICHAEL JORDAN, PHIL JACKSON, AND JERRY KRAUSE
STORY 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 JORDAN WAS SOON TO BE KNOWN AS THE BEST BASKETBAL
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Sean Polite
Solid, revealing insider's tale on the MJ led Chicago Bulls. If you're interested in team psychology or the life of a pro sports team (or just a Bulls fan), this is the book for you. On a much deeper scale, what could be called a scathing analysis of Jordan in this book can also be viewed as a validation to the presence of the narcissistic, manically competitive shadows that complement the light of the gifted, excellent performers who are blessed to have achieved notable fame for it (in and out ...more
Patrick
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 this is the minimum score I could give a book about ...more
Dave
Took a ride in the time machine with my first e-book, ironically, being The Jordan Rules. I always had the misconception that this was a best seller for its depiction of the Detroit Pistons method of stopping Jordan. Having been a young man during the Bulls reign of championship basketball, this was an enjoyable ride down memory lane with the victories and NBA playoff recollections. I wasn't fully aware of the disharmony that existed within the Bulls locker room, but I had heard anecdotes before ...more
Swerve
This book takes you one the journey of Michael Jordan basketball career, which led him to six rings when his career ended. This book does not just talk about the amazing Michael Jordan; it talks about more personal things with Michael. This book explains how the Bulls got there road to fame as well.Lastly, The Jordan Rules shows how with hard work and determination most things can be achieved. The things I liked about this book were the conflicts that took place during the years that Jordan play ...more
Matt Lee Sharp
I am sure reading this book in 2014 has a great effect on my rating. What's most interesting about this book is reading about the reactions to it. This book came out at the perfect time, coinciding with the first real frenzied peak of Jordan hysteria and at a time when new technologies and the rise of cable television were making a 24 hours sports media empire possible. It's wild the degree to which players so few years ago were able to keep things about themselves private in the same way it's w ...more
Paulo Glez Ogando
I enjoyed this book about a year in a pro basketball team. Besides a successful year, the 1990-91 season in which the Chicago Bulls won the NBA. However, as says the book cover “the inside story of a turbulent session”, that was a difficult year with problems, complaints, envy...

The most interesting theme I find in this book is not strictly sports, but psychology. The insight of a pro team, their life together and the relationships existing between them. Between everyone, not only the players, b
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India Celeste
It took me a long time to get through this book, and not because of lack of quality or interest... This book was AMAZING. Perhaps I was inching though it at the right time, when I questioned my own enthusiasm and challenges with my coworkers, superiors, and role at my own job. Every chapter gave me something to think deeply about and something to laugh about. In this book, Jordan wasn't the star of the team; everyone was. Jordan wasn't the only one frustrated; everyone was. Phil Jackson wasn't t ...more
Evan
Feb 06, 2012 Evan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sports
A detailed, journal like retelling of the Chicago Bulls 1991 championship season, their first of six in the 90s.

This was controversial because it gave a rare glimpse of Michael Jordan outside of a Nike commercial or NBA promotional video. And indeed, while there's plenty of drama to go around, Jordan comes off the worst, seeming selfish and mean spirited to his teammates. In the end (spoilers are hardly worth warning about in this book), he and the team come together and beat both the hated Pis
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Robert
The Jordan Rules is a book I have been meaning to read for some twenty years. When the book came out it was considered scandalous as it lifted the veil on the image of Michael Jordan as something not quite so perfect. In actuality it was a book about a group of individuals who worked together struggling to get along as their personal and group ambitions sometimes clashed.

In retrospect it was the perfect book to write as it chronicled the first Michael Jordan-led Bulls team to win a title. At tha
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Fawaz Ali
The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith is a must read book for anyone interested in understanding the bright and dark side of both Jordan the player and more importantly Jordan the person. The book chronicles the story of the 1991 Chicago Bulls and follows the relationships between Michael Jordan and his teammates as they struggle to win their first NBA championship. What makes the book different is that Smith corrects the notion that athletes are supposed to behave differently compared to other human be ...more
Neal
This review will be a little longer than most of my trademark short ones.

First off, I am a little bias, as I am a huge Jordan fan. But I know Jordan can be kind of an asshole. If you don't know that, you don't know Jordan. You have to be kind of an asshole to be the greatest ever at anything.

That being said, Sam Smith, wants you to think Jordan is a selfish asshole throughout this book.

Things I liked about this book:

- You get some valuable insight on every single player on the 1991 Bulls team, d
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Andrew M
The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith is a book written by Sam Smith, a Chicago newspaper writer that had inside access to the Chicago Bulls in their first championship season which was 1990-91. Smith follows Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant through a grueling season that had ups and downs, both on and off the court. Smith wrote this book to give readers a flavor for the personalities of some of the biggest superstars the NBA has seen.

Sam Smith followed and heard every little bit of what
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Patrick
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 LeBron James became the reason I read a nearly 20 yea
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Dr. Mantis Toboggan, M.D.
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 whine about everything like petulant man-children.) When I ...more
Mighty_k24
Genre: het leven zoals het is: het basketballteam

In't kort: de ondertitel 'The inside Story of a turbulent Season with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' dekt de lading volledig. We volgen de piepjonge Chicago Bulls, geleid door rijzende ster Michael Jordan, tijdens hun break-out season 1991-'92, met als bekroning hun allereerste NBA-titel.

Mijn oordeel: dit was één van de allereerste 'het leven zoals het is: team X of speler Y'-boeken, en legt de lat meteen erg hoog voor zijn ondertussen onte
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Omar Masood
This is a very good look at the inner workings of a basketball team over the course of a season. This does not cover any basketball team, though. This covers a championship team led by perhaps the greatest basketball player in history along with another legend in Scottie Pippen and the greatest coach ever in Phil Jackson. This is the first such book I have read and the amount of turbulence experienced by the 1991 Bulls was a surprise. How could a team win 61 games and romp through the playoffs w ...more
Shivesh
Growing up as a hardcore Lakers fan in California, the nineties were a painful decade for the most part. Until the trade that brought the Big Diesel to the City of Angels, there wasn’t much hope for us fans to see a proper team. To add insult to all this, the Chicago Bulls were running rampant through the league and Jordan was God. I loved watching Michael and Scottie do their thing but I can’t say I liked them as individuals. ‘The Jordan Rules’ is a classic sports history of the Bulls’ first ch ...more
William Douglas
Oct 18, 2013 William Douglas marked it as to-read
The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith is of the best sport book, and probably one of the best books I have read. This book takes you one the journey of Michael Jordan basketball career, which led him to receive six rings when it was all said and done. This book does not just talk about the amazing Michael Jordan; it goes a lot deeper things. The book talks about the things audience can’t see, because the publishers chooses not to show it for different reason. This book explains the logistics the Bulls r ...more
Montel
"The Jordan Rules", by Sam Smith is another inspirational and interesting book, that i feel all readers may enjoy. This book talk about Michael Jordan journey to fame. as he went from a young kid who got cut from his basketball team his freshman year to one of the greatest ball players ever. The book does not only just talk about his basketball but it tell us about his life growing up and the struggles he faced as a basketball player. one of the many things I liked about the book is how it does ...more
Brian
Great read for those looking for a basketball fix before the season starts. The Kindle edition is absolutely awful--spelling errors, missing chapters, weird number characters in the middle of words, etc.

But, what I did read was really entertaining. Not a surprising read in 2012, but if this book came out in the internet sports journalism era that we have now, it would have probably 'blowed up the internet.

The good parts of this book are not the team sniping at each other or the behind the scen
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Mattlebow

The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith and it is nonfiction.

In this book it mainly talks about Michael Jordan and all the games that he has played. It also has insight from teammates that say how Jordan was on and off the court. From reading this book i saw Michael Jordan as very cocky but an extremly talented player that could back up all the trash talking he did. I never really heard of him as being arrogant until i read this book and some of the stuff i read was very suprised about what he would say t
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Tom
Aug 08, 2014 Tom added it
I've read this before, it's a first-hand account from a journo of the Bulls 91 championship team. This is the team that made me a fan of basketball and the story is told really well. This is the kind of book where I read a chapter here and there, I'm in no rush to finish.

If Michael Jordan hater talk is a trigger for you, don't read this book.
Jake Berlin
a must-read if you're a bulls fan (or really, a fan of basketball or sports in general), but that doesn't make it a perfect book. smith's level of access must have been extraordinary to write this, and the timing couldn't have been better for him by lucking into the chronicling of jordan's and the bulls's first championship, but you can't help but wonder about some of his credibility. and the writing (while admittedly much better than his column, which doesn't benefit from an editor and is chock ...more
Brent
A great book to read for any basketball fan; not so much for the "truth" it paints in regards to Michael Jordan; but more for the reality of the NBA season that is painted.


Yes, there is some definite MJ stuff that is interesting to read. A lot of the things that guys like Kobe Bryant get chided for with the proverbial, "Michael Jordan would've never done that", are detailed in this book, and yes, "Michael Jordan, absolutely did do that."

Just a footnote, I really liked the way Sam Smith talks abo
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Napoleon Gifford
Great Read

Great Read

Didn't know Jordan was so stubborn. Horace Grant was a very underrated part of this team. Krause was obsessed with Toni Kucko.
Paulrus
Good chronicle of the Bulls first championship run. Good portraits of the entire team, not just Jordan - you learn a lot about Pippen, Grant, Cartwright, Paxson, King, Armstrong, Perdue, Hopson, etc.
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