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Friday, September 21, 2012
Isiah turns to hoops for peace

By Scott Powers

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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