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29 Years After Parting Ways With Detroit, Isiah Thomas’ Homecoming Is Set to Be His “Last Stop”

Published 09/23/2023, 12:10 PM EDT

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‘Home is where the heart is’ can have many meanings, but for one of Detroit’s favorite athletes, this has particular resonance. Isiah Thomas, the Hall of Fame point guard who orchestrated the Detroit Pistons’ march to the NBA mountaintop, is coming back to the city that cheered like hell for him.

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A native of Chicago, Thomas revealed last week during an emotional Detroit Homecoming with longtime Pistons broadcaster of almost 50 years, George Blaha, along with Bill Davidson’s very own son, Ethan Davidson, a Detroit native as well, of his return. In a bittersweet and poignant moment, Thomas said that Detroit would be his last stop and thus cemented this attachment to The Motor City.

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Isiah Thomas’ return to Detroit is a historic homecoming that will rekindle the city’s passion for its basketball idol. As a man who used to wear the renowned Pistons jersey and bear the hopes and aspirations of a community, Thomas is not just coming back to an area but he is making a return to the location that built his name.

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“That’s what my family and I chose for ourselves — this would be the last spot for us,” said Thomas, with a sense of sentimentality in his voice. Detroit became his long-term residence as a testament to the deep bond he has with the city and its citizens.


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Thomas, who’s now living in New York, didn’t share details on when he would head back. But his presence in the Motor City is far more than symbolic. It’s an ode to the eternal ties between a sporting legend and the people who rallied around him during high times and lows. In the city of Detroit, that’s not just a sports icon, but Thomas is family.

He’s not just about his time on the basketball court but is also active in the community, helping Stellantis with its efforts to use industrial hemp in car manufacturing and collaborating with French champagne maker Cheurlin Champagne.

The tale of a son coming back to the arms of his mother, as curtains open on this new act of his life, Isiah Thomas’ homecoming makes for a touching story.

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Isiah Thomas’ story is a tale of basketball greatness and a lasting legacy for the Motor City. Before he could reveal to the world his final destination “Detroit,” he would become only the second athlete in any major American sport to play on four different teams in one season the other being Johnny Unitas.

Thomas’ time with the Detroit Pistons in particular in the ‘80s, and ‘90s was legendary. He led the Bad Boy Pistons to consecutive NBA titles in 1989 and 1990, picking up two Finals MVPs in the process. Thomas’s spectacular ball work on court made him a legend but it was his stewardship and selflessness that won over the fans.

Beyond his accomplishments on the basketball court, Thomas’ dedication to his community and his charitable efforts are admirable, too. He’s more than just a basketball player — he’s a light of optimism and motivation.


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In a world that is quick to forget the value and power of sports, Thomas shows us that sports stars have the potential to bring about good. It’s fitting that he returns to Detroit where the city made him into a legend.

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Abhinav Tomar


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Abhinav Singh Tomar is an NBA author at EssentiallySports. He translates his love for the game into captivating coverage. A true hoop enthusiast and a fan of all sports, he brings the court to life with his insightful writing skills.
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