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.