Who’s the GOAT Chicago native?

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The Chicago Bulls is one of the NBA’s most storied franchises for many legitimate reasons, and the city of Chicago is equally as regarded arguably as a mecca of basketball.

Let’s take a close look at the greatest of all-time to hail from Chicago, the home of the Chicago Bulls.

Not every city is fortunate to have homegrown talent like the Chicago Bulls. Time after time, it seems the legend of basketball prodigies come and go.

Because the league is selective, not everyone is destined to turn pro. For those that do, basketball opens doors to opportunities otherwise unheard of by many.

Still, one commonality tends to ring true across the board for Chicago natives that turn pro.

Chicago natives are built tough. This is exemplified both mentally and by the level of physicality in which they play the game.

This is not a knock against anyone growing up in Lawrence, Kansas or any other place believed to serve as a bit of an epicenter of basketball, but there’s no comparison to Chicago.

Some may argue that Chicago’s greatness has faded over time with the departure of Michael Jordan and memories of what used to be. It’s an electricity that many haven’t felt since Derrick Rose’s lone MVP campaign.

This is where I have to draw the line in the sand.

You read that, right?

This is where I have to draw the line in the sand. The city may no longer be home to a dynasty, but it’s not lost the electricity for what it’s worth, either.

Much like its homegrown talent, Chicago is built tough. From ground zero to the sky, there’s seemingly no limit to the heights the city can take you.

Without further ado (and in no particular order), here’s a look at the greatest of all-time to hail from Chicago.

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