The Wizards signed former All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas on Monday night, giving him a valuable opportunity to prove he can be a star in the NBA once again.
Immediately after the news broke, Thomas began tweeting lyrics by his close friend, the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
“How long should I stay dedicated? How long till opportunity meet preparation?” @NipseyHussle 🏁— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 2, 2019
“I'm finna take it there, this time around I'ma make it clear⁰Spoke some things into the universe and they appeared” @NipseyHussle 🏁🏁— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 2, 2019
“They don't make 'em bar none, they don't make 'em real⁰They don't make it where I'm from, they don't take it here” @NipseyHussle 🏁— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 2, 2019
Hussle was gunned down in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles on March 31, 2019. His death shocked and saddened many in the NBA community who had personal relationships with Hussle, and the news struck Thomas hard.
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“If it wasn’t for the MARATHON, I wouldn’t of made it through” @nipseyhussle Damn! Damn! Damn! When i got the news yesterday before the game it reminded me when I got the news about my sister. It hit my heart straight on!!! I just spoke to you a few days ago cuz like this can’t be real. It seemed like our careers took off at the same time, I listened to your music EVERYDAY since ‘08 and we built our friendship up ever since then. You been REAL since day 1 and always showed me genuine love! You touched more lives than you would ever imagine and got people through real life situations by just being who you are... This is one of the toughest post I’ve ever had to make, I didn’t want to believe anything that I was hearing and I still don’t. You really had the world running they MARATHON! I remember every time I came by the shop to show love to you and the homies y’all would walk me to my car and tell me “Be safe out here”. This hit home and I pray that God protects your family, your kids and the whole HOOD. You inspired a whole generation with your music and what you stood for, no matter who you were or how your life was you could relate to what Nip was speaking through his music whether you was in the streets, a athlete, doctor it didn’t matter because it was about grindin for whatever you believed in! The world felt this shit and it will never be the same but ima do everything I can to keep this MARATHON life going. All Money IN no money OUT! Thank you for changing the world @nipseyhussle “So if it’s meant, than it’s gon be People love it, cause they know that it’s the real me The cops hate it, so they hope my homies kill me But I don’t want the fame, I just want y’all to feel me It’s my time, so I’m going in We ball till we fall, F*** how the story ends We see these niggas hatin’ I know you hoes plotting I ain't worried bout it Cause I know God got me” RIP @nipseyhussle
Hussle's tireless push to build a rap career and give back to his community struck a chord with Thomas, who was working his way back from a hip injury in hopes of returning to All-Star form at the time of his friend's death.
"Him just coming out with ‘The Marathon’ and going at his pace, he meant everything to me. I will forever grind for him and try to keep this marathon life going," Thomas told The Undefeated.
Hussle's Marathon-titled series of mixtapes became his calling card, inspiring others to continue pushing forward on the path to their dreams.
For Thomas, his personal marathon continues in Washington.
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