SCOOP JACKSON CHICAGO BASKETBALL HISTORIAN
"BASKETBALL IS CHICAGO'S EXPORT TO THE WORLD."
"ONLY TRUE BALLPLAYERS HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT CHICAGO BASKETBALL MEANS TO THE LARGER CULTURE OF AMERICA."
"I DON'T KNOW MANY PEOPLE FROM THIS CITY WHO DON'T HAVE BASKETBALL IN THEIR DNA."
“IT’S DEEPER THAN JUST A GAME. IT’S HOW CATS LIVE AND EXIST AND BREATHE.”
SCOOP JACKSON'S STORY
“Only true ballplayers have an understanding of what Chicago basketball means to the larger culture of America,” The story of Chicago basketball is a tangled web of endless characters and gripping plotlines. There are the glittering superstars who triumphantly cradled trophies at the highest possible levels and playground legends who were brought down to the cracked blacktop by their own demons. If that example sounds extreme, it could be because outsiders have trouble comprehending how deeply the sport is entrenched within the city’s very soul.
“Basketball is Chicago’s export to the world,” Jackson explains. “I’ve compared it to Hip Hop in New York, technology coming out of Seattle, the auto industry in Detroit, food from New Orleans. This is what we do.”
Now that the World Basketball Festival is in Chicago, Jackson sees an opportunity for the story he’s been telling for so long to reach even more ears. “I don’t know many people from this city who don’t have basketball in their DNA,” he says. “It’s deeper than just a game. It’s how cats live and exist and breathe.”