Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  9 responses

Isiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and Others Against Chicago’s Gang Violence (VIDEO)

Some Chi-Town bballers help out a good cause.

This weekend, some of Chicago’s most well-known basketball stars—past and present—came together in an effort to help reduce the gang violence that has plagued the city. NBA.com has more on the Peace Basketball Tournament: “Isiah Thomas has worked the intersection of guns and senseless violence before. In fact, it’s something of a family tradition: His mother Mary once greeted gang members who crowded her doorstep, eager to recruit her sons, with a shotgun. Today, there literally is an intersection named ‘Mary Thomas Way’ on this city’s West Side close to where Thomas grew up, avoided the worst that the streets had to offer and became an NBA champion and a basketball Hall of Famer. Thomas was working those streets again Saturday. The basketball lifer with star turns (and less successful stints alike) as a point guard, coach and executive was in a church gym on the South Side, one of the meanest and most dangerous areas in America these days. He and several other NBA figures took part in the Peace Basketball Tournament, yet another attempt to combat a problem that literally is snuffing out hope for young people in the inner city. Last month, Thomas marched with Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina to raise awareness about gang violence and Chicago’s soaring murder rate. This time, Thomas – along with Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Quentin Richardson, Zach Randolph, the Chicago Bears’ J’Marcus Webb and others – was trying to bridge the gap between rivals with basketball, using the celebrity of the sports stars to deliver messages about, well, communicating. ‘It’s a historical event where the gangs are coming together and they’re going to play a game involving peace, to stop the killing,’ Thomas said. ‘Murder has run rampant in Chicago the last couple years, but gangs are calling a truce for this. By getting them to come together and play a sport, they might come to know each other. We believe it’s hard to kill someone if you get to know him.’”

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  • Redd

    That’s great to hear, I lived in Chicago’s inner city. It isn’t no joke, very hard living especially for single mothers. Hope this has a large effect.

  • Little Jacob

    Thats pretty cool, sounds like that episode of Southpark where Jimmy gets the crips and bloods to hang out at a YMCA

  • spit hot fiyah

    isaiah should have laced em up

  • Junior Taylor

    I promise you won’t hear a word of this on ESPN but let Isiah f*ck up another coaching/GM gig or allegedly harass a female employee and that sh*t will be on their front page.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    This is awesome! Let me flip on Fox, CNN, and MSNBC to see if they mention this….. Nope!

  • Kevin

    Was Chief Keef there?

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  • Mr.Zone 4

    They just did a segment on Outside The Lines about it

  • Rustler

    That is genuinely amazing how this happened! unbelievable how that could happen in such a neighborhood but a lot of the thanks has to go to the Father there that organised it all fair play to the man