A gang-changing assist from 'Zeke'

Isiah Thomas helps create Chicago oases using hoops to kick violence

Updated: June 11, 2013, 7:01 PM ET
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com

Basketball has given Isiah Thomas so much throughout his life. Now, he hopes the game can help bring peace to his hometown.

The former New York Knicks president and GM has worked with community leaders and elected officials in Chicago to try to stem the tide of gun violence that's claimed the lives of scores of teens in the city.

The growing peace movement, naturally, is centered around basketball.

"Basketball has a way of bringing groups together, ...

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