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updated: 1/26/2013 9:36 AM

Former NBA player Etan Thomas to talk fatherhood

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CHICAGO -- Former NBA player Etan Thomas has been touring the U.S. talking about the importance of being a responsible parent.

On Saturday, Thomas is in Chicago to participate in a panel discussion on ways fathers, uncles brothers and grandfathers to increase their presences in the lives of their children.

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Since leaving the NBA, Thomas has written a book, "Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge."

Thomas, who was raised by a single parent in Tulsa, Okla., says his message is that you can come from a tough situation and make the right decision.

Among those participating in the panel discussion Saturday evening at Trinity United Church of Christ are rapper Rhymefest, who is re-establishing a relationship with his father, and Syracuse University professor of finance and social commentator Boyce Watkins.

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