Over the last six years, some of the best from both cities have battled against one another to lay claim to which city has the other's math (number). Chris Taft, Allen Ray, Brandon Knight, Luis Flores, Curtis Sumter have all repped for NY. Dwyane Wade, Will Bynam, Luther Head, Andre Iguodala, Cedric Banks have held it down for CHI. This year the weight falls on Kyle McAlarney of Moore Catholic in Staten Island (who's headed to Notre Dame), Geoff McDermott of New Rochelle High (who's headed to Providence) and Tyrell Biggs of Don Bosco prep (who's headed to Pitt) to outball DeAndre Thomas of Westinghouse (who's undecided, but has Illinois, Kansas, Georgetown and Florida State on hold), Gerell McNeal of Hillcrest (who has signed with Marquette) and Jeremy Pargo of Roberson (who has signed with Gonzaga).
The winner ...
NY this year, 102-84. Not even close. And even though Biggs and McDermott got Player-of-the Game honors (12 points apiece), it was Chris Lowe who stole the show. He might be the one, years from now, whose game will come up in debate. Who's best, Chicago or New York? Right now, Chris Lowe may have NYC separated. Until May 2006.
So from the summer days in the '50s to that unbelievable game in 1975. From the argument over 1989 high school player of the year, NY Archbishop Molloy's Kenny Anderson or the only player on USA Today's All-American team to average a triple-double, Chicago King's Jamie Brandon to the epic battles of Jordan and the Bulls against Ewing and them Knicks. The stories remain without an end... and without an answer.
It takes The Kid to it all in perspective. He brings it back to that one game between he and Fly. "[Ain't] nobody out here [today] tryin' to get 10 jumpers, 12 jumpers, 13 jumpers in a row put in your face. Ain't nobody tryin' to do that. So, what you were seeing [was] one spectacular thing after another, after another ..."
Which will probably continue for at least another 50 years.
Scoop Jackson is an award-winning journalist who has covered sports and culture for more than 15 years. He is a former editor of Slam, XXL, Hoop and Inside Stuff magazines; and the author of "Sole Provider: 30 Years of NIKE Basketball," "Battlegrounds: America's Street Poets Called Ballers" and "LeBron James: the Chambers of Fear." He resides in Chicago with his wife and two kids. You can e-mail Scoop here.