Bulls Guard Antonio Blakeney is an NBA Rarity from His Hometown—but Not Without a Lifelong Fight

On November 21, 2017, as the Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Chicago Bulls in front of a sellout crowd at Staples Center, Antonio Blakeney put Julius Randle on a poster. Antonio, then an undrafted rookie with the Bulls, caught the ball on the fast break and promptly finished an emphatic one-handed dunk over Julius, giving Chicago a 15-point lead over the Lakers. After the slam, “Tone”, as he’s called, stared down the then-LA forward, earning a technical foul for taunting as a result. Now in his second year in the league, the 22-year-old ranks that slam as his favorite moment in the NBA so far. A game-tying four-point play against… Read More