“Chicago is in the Building”

You may hear otherwise, but Knuckleheads is the best basketball podcast around right now (no disrespect to Let’s Get Technical or All The Smoke). Hosted by Chicago native Quentin Richardson and East St. Louis native, Darius Miles, the pod almost feels like an homage to Illinois– and more specifically, Chicago–basketball. The name of the pod stems from the duo’s signature on court celebration of putting two fists against the top of the dome after a highlight worthy play when they were teammates on the upstart Los Angeles Clippers in the early 2000’s.

The podcast doesn’t focus strictly on Chicago ballers, past and present. A lot of guests tend to be former players you may have forgotten about already, or former teammates of Q and D. No matter who the guest, there are a few underlying threads throughout each pod. Many guests refer to their experiences playing pickup runs in Chicago during the off season. Not many episodes are complete until there is a Michael Jordan story (whose effect on Chicago basketball is only rivaled by hometown hero, Isiah Thomas).

Chicago ball isn’t as publicly heralded as North Carolina, New York, or Los Angeles, but for the hardcore hoops fan, there are more than enough names to turn ones head and give the Windy City its due.

The OG’s

PG Isiah Thomas HOF 2 time NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, 1 Time NCAA Champion

F Eddie Johnson

F Hersey Hawkins

PG Mo Cheeks

PG Doc Rivers

PF Terry Cummings

F Mark Aguirre

PG Tim Hardaway

SG Kendall Gill

PF Juwan Howard

SF Michael Finley

SG Nick Anderson

Newer Blood

SG Quentin Richardson

PG Sherron Collins

PG Patrick Beverley

SG Dwyane Wade

PF Antoine Walker

SF Corey Maggette

SG Tony Allen

SF Julian Wright

PG Will Bynum

PG Bobby Simmons

PF Anthony Davis

PG Derrick Rose

PG Iman Shumpert