Although today’s “Is Phil More Chicago or LA?” feature on ESPN.com grates nowhere near as hard as the endless hits-chasing countdown lists that roll out of Bleacher Report each month, it still smacks of August dog days journalism mixed with some how-do-we-fill-the-NBA-lockout-gap wordsmith sweat. ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame framing tag notwithstanding.
Jon Greenberg puts forth the Windy City arguments, followed by Ramona Shelburne on behalf of the City of Angels. FishbowlLA’s favorite part of the latter essay is as follows:
Jackson may not have been part of the scene here, or even wanted to be a part of it. But this is a town full of men from other places. At his core, that’s who Jackson has always been. An outsider to the conventions of the tight-knit NBA fraternity.
We’ve heard of the triangle offense, but this is more like the Bermuda Triangle of supporting arguments. Phil Jackson is so L.A. because he was so not L.A.? Good one.