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    Posted on Jul 20, 2015

    The Best Basketball Jerseys At Pitchfork Music Festival

    A lot of people wore basketball jerseys to Pitchfork Music Festival. So we made a team.

    This past weekend, Chicago's Near West Side played host to the Pitchfork Music Festival. Curated by music publication Pitchfork, 2015 marked the fest's 10th year.

    Parquet Courts

    Attracting nearly 20,000 concert-goers during each of its three days, the festival featured over 40 acts, predominantly of the indie-rock, hip-hop and electronic ilk. Newly reunited rock band Sleater-Kinney, Chicago-based hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, and rap duo Run the Jewels were just a few of the many acts to perform standout sets.

    With temps in the high 80s and 90s throughout the weekend, more than a few people in the crowd wore basketball jerseys to combat the heat. So, we did the obvious thing and decided to create an entire team.

    The Pitchfork crowd attempts not to succumb to heat stroke.

    12 players. 4 alternates. We're going for gold.

    Starting Center – Shaquille O'Neal

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    There weren't a lot of big men represented at Pitchfork. Luckily, we ran into Shaq (who guided Dream Team II to gold in the 1996 Olympics) on the third day of the festival. Orlando Magic Shaq was the most fun Shaq.

    Starting Shooting Guard – Michael Jordan

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    There were a TON of MJ's walking around Pitchfork which, duh, what else do you expect in Chicago? Union Park is only a few blocks west of the United Center, where a bronze Jordan statue is still revered as one of the city's most beloved landmarks.

    Starting Point Guard – Russell Westbrook

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    This was the first Pitchfork I attended that I didn't see a Jason Kidd or a John Stockton, so Westbrook gets the nod. I DID see an Allen Iverson, although he was too fast for me to chase down to get a photo. Typical.

    Starting Small Forward – Dominique Wilkins

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    The fact that this was a Dream Team jersey made his election to the starting lineup all the more obvious.

    Starting Power Forward – Kevin Durant

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    This Kevin Durant didn't believe me when I told him why I wanted to take a picture of his jersey. Stop being such a doubter, KD.

    Shooting Guard – Kobe Bryant

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    Fun fact: Sunday night headliner Chance the Rapper has a lyric in his song "Juice" that goes "And you love being Kobe when you make the lay up / Till you realize everybody in the world fuckin hates the Lakers." He punctuated this lyric during his live performance of the song with a very spirited "FUCK KOBE!" The Chicago crowd loved it.

    Point Guard – Gary Payton

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    Could you make the argument for Gary Payton over Russell Westbrook in the starting five? Yes, definitely. But what is a Dream Team without controversy?

    Power Forward/Center – Kevin Garnett

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    I miss these old T'Wolves jerseys. I was kind of sad that KG didn't have a T'Wolves Starbury jersey standing next to him.

    Shooting Guard/Small Forward – Penny Hardaway

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    Penny and Shaq together again!

    Point Guard – Mugsy Bogues

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    Mugsy has to be the only basketball player in history where the vast majority of fans wearing his jersey are actually taller than he is.

    Power Forward – Dennis Rodman

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    The black Bulls alternate jerseys really suit Rodman fans. Bad boys stick together.

    Small Forward – Jabari Parker

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    If the original Dream Team can take Christian Laettner directly out of college, I'm taking Jabari fresh off of his rookie year. The kid has potential, and I believe he'll bounce back from his injury with a renewed sense of determination.

    Alternate Point Guard – Tim Hardaway

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    Yeah Tim had a better career than Mugsy for sure, but Mugsy is just so adorable, you know?

    Alternate Shooting Guard/Small Forward – Michael Finley

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    Always very good, but never great.

    Alternate Power Forward – Ben Wallace

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    Bonus points for this being a Detroit Medical Center special edition jersey.

    Alternate Small Forward – Bill Murray

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    Though his minutes for the Tunes Squad were limited, Murray came up big against the Monstars when it mattered most.

    Cut – Giannis Antetokounmpo

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    This was a really close call. You're not off the team forever, Giannis. Just for now.

    Cut – Mike Bibby

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    Funny story: This wasn't the only Mike Bibby jersey I saw at Pitchfork.

    Cut – Jerry Stackhouse

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    I've often wondered if 76ers home games are still full of these jerseys.

    Cut – Jesus Shuttlesworth

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    Jesus was just too up in his own head. (This is of course assuming Jesus Shuttlesworth and Ray Allen are two different players.)

    Cut – Michael Jordan (Wizards Edition)

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    For obvious reasons.

    Cut – Dan Majerle

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    I started this article hoping I would see this jersey in particular. I was not disappointed.

    Cut – Harold Miner

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    I never thought I would see a Harold Miner jersey in the wild, but here we are.

    And finally, whatever this thing is.

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    I'm going to assume it's custom because if it's not, it's just extremely confusing.

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