Isaiah Thomas plans to be a perennial All-Star

Chris Paul trying to chase down Thomas during the first quarter of the All Star Game
Chris Paul trying to chase down Thomas during the first quarter of the All Star Game –Peter Llewellyn/USA Today Sports

It may have taken him two teams and five seasons, but Isaiah Thomas finally broke through to the NBA All-Star Game this year. So far this season, he’s put up career numbers and helped lead the Celtics to the third spot in the Eastern Conference. He hopes this isn’t a one-time thing: Thomas plans on keeping this week in February open for the foreseeable future.

“I’m getting back again next year, no doubt,’’ said Thomas, via CSNNE.com. “Like I said, I want to make it an every year thing, something I get used to every February. I just have to keep working.’’

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Thomas put up eight points for the East in their 196-173 loss to the West. One of the scores came late in the fourth quarter against Kobe Bryant. Thomas weighed in on the significance of playing with the legendary Laker on Sunday.

“I’ve said it: he’s the greatest player of my generation,’’ Thomas said. “Somebody I looked up to and probably won’t see another Kobe Bryant ever again. It’s an honor to be able to share a court with him not just against the Lakers, but in an All-Star game.’’

Assuming Bryant sticks to his retirement plan, Thomas would be the last player to score on Kobe in an All Star game.

With the remaining days in the All Star break, the Celtics point guard says he plans to spend time with family in Seattle, then head off to Salt Lake City for Boston’s matchup against the Jazz on Friday.

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