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Cityscape: Chicago

Charles Matthews

It seems Chicago always finds itself mired in the shadows of coastal metropolises New York and Los Angeles. The primary media centers exist in those cities, and most of the country's population resides on the margins.

But in terms of true, superstar talent, Chicago is riding a high. Always noted for its grassroots culture — most emphatically brought to the big screen in 1990s documentary Hoop Dreams, some of basketball's greats have called the Windy City home: George Mikan, Isiah Thomas, and more recently Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and emerging mega-talent Anthony Davis. The most recent classes truly have...

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