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 BleacherReport.com 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.
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 LA because he was so not LA? Good one.