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Watch Isiah Thomas’ speech at Aretha Franklin’s memorial

Isiah Thomas was one of the few selected to speak at Aretha Franklin's memorial service, and the former Detroit Piston reflected on the Queen of Soul's legacy.

Aretha Franklin is a Detroit legend, a Motown icon.

Isiah Thomas is a Detroit legend, too — leader of the Bad Boy Pistons, the Hall of Famer brought titles to Detroit.

Thomas knew Franklin and was one of those asked to eulogize the famed singer at her memorial service Friday. Above you can see Thomas talks about their friendship and what it meant to him.

“She found a way to inspire all of us with hope, love and dreams through her music. Her voice found a way to help this nation soothe and deal with its troubled past.”