Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis called his hometown of Chicago the "Mecca of basketball" on Friday.
Tony Gill of 670 The Score provided Davis' complete comments on the city's love of the sport:
Anthony Davis “Chicago is the Mecca of basketball and you can quote me on that” pic.twitter.com/NfuLAxYMMZ— Tony Gill (@tonygill670) July 19, 2019
Although fans in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston and Philadelphia would probably be willing to debate the six-time NBA All-Star about his stance, not to mention fanbases of the top college basketball programs, Chicago is definitely in the conversation.
The unmatched success of Michael Jordan, who led the Bulls to six championships during the 1990s, is obviously the driving force in the city's interest in recent decades.
Along with Davis, Chicago has produced several other NBA stars from the current generation, led by Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose.