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Posts from February 2013

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Chicago has an incredibly rich history on the hardwood. For generations, the ball played in high school gyms around this city has been as good as anywhere in the country, producing an unmatched list of players that eventually matriculated to success in the NBA. And countless others that - let's face it - would beat you pretty soundly in a game of H-O-R-S-E.

The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is coming to Chicago (March 14-17). To celebrate this longstand tradition of basketball excellence, we've rather poetically put together a list of Chicago's greatest all-time basketball players.

Disclaimer: While you might expect to see Michael Jordan on this list, he is not. He grew up in North Carolina and, as synonymous as MJ is with the 3-1-2, we can't claim his roots. Unfortunately. Kevin Garnett, while a graduate of Farragut Academy, only lived in Chicago for a little over a year. Again, we'd like to claim him, but cannot.

With that out of the way, we proudly present: Homegrown Talent: Chicago's All-Time Greatest Basketball Players.

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