Isiah Thomas Rumors
The Detroit Pistons announced today that Pistons’ legend Isiah Thomas will make an appearance at The Palace as part of the club’s “Best of Seven” series when the team hosts the long-time rival Los Angeles Lakers for the final time at The Palace on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. Thomas will be on hand for the game to share his favorite Palace memories during a special halftime ceremony and the first 10,000 fans will receive a commemorative Isiah Thomas mini jersey. Additionally, in-game entertainment will be programmed utilizing the Pistons Programming Network’s “Unforgettable Moments” platform to relive memories and highlights throughout the series history.
These are tumultuous times in the US. For two-time NBA champion Isiah Thomas, who is a native son of Chicago — a city plagued by violence and gun crime — part of the solution is sport. “I believe that through playing, you can bring people together,” Thomas told CNN Tuesday. “The power of play and the power of sport. What’s missing from a lot of our communities is play.”
In 2011, Thomas helped organize the Peace Game, which a year later grew into the Chicago Peace Basketball Tournament, a competition that brings the city’s rival gangs together under the roof of the St. Sabina Gym. “In a simplistic form, play gives you the ability to get to know someone,” says Thomas. “Once you get to know someone it’s very hard to kill that person. When you take play out of the community, people don’t form teams. They don’t have bonds. So when there’s no play, they form gangs that simulate teams with colors, with rules, with everything else, but then they play a different kind of game.”
Jordan Heck: Long time Michael Jordan rival Isiah Thomas held up a Crying Jordan head during Indiana’s win over North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/zqySNXtJN1