Isiah turns to hoops for peace

September, 21, 2012
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Isiah Thomas' basketball career as a player, coach and executive has taken him all over the world, but it will always be Chicago he considers home.

Thomas often returns to his roots on the West Side of Chicago. While seeing family and old friends and watching most of the community strive to improve their lives brings that famous smile to his face, there's a part of being home that also makes him sad.

Violence and drugs have always harmed Chicago's streets, and Thomas has never been able to ignore it. Chicago's homicide rate this summer has especially worried Thomas and caught the attention of the national media.

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Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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