It isn’t always easy being an NBA All-Star, and Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is learning that the hard way this season.
Sure, he’s among the league scoring leaders at 26.4 points per game, but he’s been battling injuries (tailbone, finger) all season, his teammates have missed time with injuries, and because of that, his team hasn’t been winning at the pace everyone expected them to be.
Suddenly, the weight of those expectations probably feels a bit heavier. Thomas is frustrated, if his recent comments about his teammates and coaching staff “giving up” were any indication.
There’s a lot players past and present who could relate to Thomas’ struggles, but not many of them could give advice this means as much to him as fellow “little guy” Allen Iverson.
It seems Iverson understood that and reached out to Thomas with a bit of encouragement.
Celtics fans certainly will be hoping Thomas takes the message to heart and indeed keeps doing his thang: His 26.4 points and 6.3 assists would be career highs if they lasted the entire season.
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