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What Basketball Means to Isaiah Thomas | Book of Isaiah 2 | CH 2: Excavate

September 11, 2019

– I knew basketball was gonna be my life ever since I was a little boy. I just stuck with it, and I kept myself around friends that wanted to be in a
gym with myself, so…. The partying I did was at the basketball court. And that’s all I’ve ever done. My dad’s from Inglewood, California. My mom’s from Wichita, Kansas. However, they met up
in Tacoma, Washington, and ended up having kids and raising me. My dad is someone I really look up to, someone that I always wanted to be like. My mom is the one that when I got
in trouble I’d just…. I’d go to my mom’s house because I know I’d be O.K. And without those two people I definitely wouldn’t be here today…. but I wouldn’t be the person, the father, the husband, the friend that I am today to a lot of people, so…. I can’t say enough about them. And you ask anybody, Tacoma is a rough city,
a rough neighborhood. But at the same time
it’s made me who I am. And without Tacoma, I
wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today. And…. and that’s why I love the city so much. – Another Zeke here, Zeke 17. All over again. We back to it. This is what we do. Back in it to win it. – Way out here. – Don’t meet me there. Beat me there. – Zeke-End weekend. Going down, baby. – Zeke-End is my annual
basketball tournament that I have back in Tacoma,
Washington, my hometown. And it’s getting bigger
and better every year. It was something we
always looked forward to after the season. It’s amazing to see so many
people come and support. Russell Wilson stopped by. We had John Wall come, Kelly Olynyk, Terry Rozier, Dejounte Murray with
the San Antonio Spurs. Jamal Crawford played in it. And it was a star-studded event. And this was the first
year I wasn’t able to play. So that was another tough
thing that I had to go through because if you know
me, I play in anything. I play in YMCA leagues, I play in community-center leagues, I’m LA Fitness, I’m everywhere. So for me having to be
able to watch and coach, like, it was tough. – We gotta rebound. [Crowd cheering.] – We don’t have a team no more. We don’t have the Seattle Sonics. so they don’t get to see NBA players. And for NBA players to
come and be able to play, that’s their NBA to them. And it’s a great weekend and we always have a good time. [Crowd Cheering.] – Damn! [Crowd Cheering.] – I love this man. This is dope. Being from here, seeing this, seeing somebody from here…. I wish we had this when
I was a kid, for real. – Come on! [Dance music
playing. Crowd Cheering.] – We still got…. We still got…. Come on! For the win. Yay! – I remember when I was
younger my dad would take me to like one or two Sonics games a year. They would always play like the Lakers, because that was his favorite team, so…. I would go to those games, and it was everything for me to just be at those games, and be by the tunnel and slap guys, give guys high-fives. It makes me cherish those moments, because I was once in those kids’ shoes. Being able to just touch NBA players was everything to me. Luckily I have two boys, and it’s a cool feeling to
be able to be an NBA player and see them enjoy the
perks of having that life. My family is everything. I remember at a young
age my dad always said, “Don’t be a follower. Be a leader.” And that stuck with me. Before I looked up to
anybody, I looked up to him. I wanted to do … give
something to my dad for the passing of my little sister…. so, I mean, my little sister
can always be with him. I got one of the best
pictures of my little sister, and thought of a idea of a chain. And as I get older you
cherish those moments with your family the most. What are we doing? Guys, are we gonna play or talk? – Come on! – Shoot it. Shoot it. Ah! I got a basketball court at my house, so I was still out there every day playing with my kids. Trying to, at least. Only thing I couldn’t do was run. My job as a father is to show my kids the ropes of being respectable young men, showing them ropes of being successful at whatever they want to do in life. I just try to make sure they’re
good in all aspects of life. And I think that’s what my dad did to me. If I’m right here, look at the hoop. Good shot, good pass. Good pass. – Good pass. – Thank you. – And a good shot. – Bringing in a human being to this world, and being able to mold him to really whatever you really
want to mold him into, and…. Luckily I have two boys
that are energetic, and love being who they are. And that’s what I love
about being a father. I mean, basketball’s
always gonna be there, that’s my first love. But family is everything to me. – Dad, I’m sweating a
little bit on my nose. – Yeah, you’re sweating all over. – Bucket!


  • Reply moe November 29, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I wanna see both his kids in the NBA one day. Isiah is the man all men should aspire to be.

  • Reply Donald Pump November 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Who the girl at 2:15 🙂

  • Reply DoJoStan November 29, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    The moment when his dad had to sit down because of his emotions, that was powerful. IT and TJ keep doing your thing!

  • Reply Daniela Poddisci November 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    what's the name of the beat at 2:45?

  • Reply Prince Charles November 29, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    My favorite player great player better person….#facts

  • Reply juan levario November 29, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    the gift scene had me crying like a fucking bitch yo

  • Reply juan levario November 29, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    yo but is isaiah wearing spurs sorts tho??

  • Reply Michael Roberts November 30, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Tbh man fuck Boston I pray for you bro and I believe that you will overcome and prove everybody wrong may god be with u and rip to your sister nun but love fam #17

  • Reply GrindDaily25/8 November 30, 2017 at 8:07 am


  • Reply Alex Cabral November 30, 2017 at 10:01 am

    IT's dad rocking that Kings hat #Respect

  • Reply Ollie Baker November 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I actually cried on this one

  • Reply Josh P December 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Had something in my eye the whole
    Video, minor setback for a major comeback miss you Boston man! Most humble dude out there was cool meeting you at work.

    P.s he ain’t no 5’9 I’m about 6 feet and he was the same height as me

  • Reply KING LOS December 1, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    What song was that at the end?

  • Reply Juan DeRozan December 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    This is just beautiful, does anyone know the macklemore song

  • Reply Magister Tremere December 1, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Isaiah is definitely his mother's child. They're like two drops of water. :0) *chuckles*

  • Reply Ndumiso Thobela December 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    D A M N!

  • Reply Uzi Prince December 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    IT to the spurs confirmed

  • Reply noah Goldstein December 6, 2017 at 12:00 am

    wht song was it???? started at like 6:00

  • Reply Andrei Dinu December 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I love the fact that first thing the kids do after they score, is run back on defense. That's fundamentals right there.

  • Reply Realsircruse December 7, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Heart over height

  • Reply Derek Leslie December 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Isaiah Thomas you've inspired many in Boston and you will continue to inspire more. Your a division Champion, MVP Candidate, and Top Team Scorer. much Love.

  • Reply Michael Aaron December 16, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I swear not seeing IT play is sad but watching his kids being a fan is awesome they are beautiful it's like we're kids again

  • Reply Marcellus Johnson December 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    He went to golden sun

  • Reply James Dottavianom December 20, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Y’all need a damn raise this video is amazing

  • Reply Teup December 20, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    whats the song at the end

  • Reply Matt Ravida December 21, 2017 at 7:04 am

    If Isaiah is 5'9 his wife must be 4 feet at 2:15 haha. The man towers over her

  • Reply NSMB_NoScope Fortnite December 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Isiah hope you see this. I know how it feels to loose a sister. Not in a car crash but yes from cancer. It is like a part of you tells you to give more, but it also tells you to stop. And its hard to fight through. But eventually you do it and you do your best, like you did. I admire you, respect you and feel for you. Good luck on your injury and the cavs.

  • Reply Matt O'Brien December 23, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Man mad respect for Isiah

  • Reply David lencha December 23, 2017 at 10:46 am

    dang Isiah Thomas got sooooo much better

  • Reply Andres Ayala December 26, 2017 at 5:35 am

    What's this beat?

  • Reply Kevin Marcel M. December 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Boston will regret this trade…onto part 3

  • Reply Art Art December 29, 2017 at 1:18 am

    RIP beautiful

  • Reply Kasey_Plays January 4, 2018 at 5:02 am

    How tf can someone dislike this guy or this video…?

  • Reply Ahamed Konneh January 4, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Was that chyna at 6:17?

  • Reply ZoeFM January 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I cry at every episode

  • Reply whiteout69 January 7, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I'd love to meet IT it's crazy how inspirational he is to me and we've never met lol

  • Reply Jake Mott January 9, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I love me

  • Reply Isaiah January 9, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Song that starts at 6:00

  • Reply Conor Murray January 26, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Isaiah Thomas' dad looks like raekwon the chef

  • Reply j biv August 2, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    whats the name of that instrumental in the beginning?

  • Reply justin ching February 3, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Pops must be incredibly happy about his son

  • Reply Rocket Surgeon February 7, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I was super happy to have this guy on the Lakers…even for a limited time…I want to see IT win…MVP… Championships… whatever he deserves it

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