ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley profiled former Pistons great Isiah Thomas’ peaceful efforts in his hometown of Chicago.

The article shows that Thomas — along with other NBA players from Chicago — are trying to make difference in the city wracked by gun violence. And he is using basketball.

“Basketball has a way of bringing groups together, bringing people together and breaking down barriers,” Thomas said. "Just as sport has broken down racial barriers, we think sport has an opportunity to bring down gang barriers.”

The article goes on to chronicle Thomas coaching in the city’s “Peace Games” last summer at Christ The King High School and his efforts — along with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel — to create a weekend youth basketball league for at-risk youth.