Isaiah Thomas on …
THE BETTER RESTAURANT SCENE: CAMBRIDGE OR BOSTON
HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT
My go-to is Strip by Strega or Strega Waterfront. [Owner] Nick [Varano] definitely takes good care of me.
MUST-VISIT SPOTS WITH KIDS
[My kids] love Sky Zone in Hyde Park and nd Legoland [Discovery Center at Assembly Row]. When they’re in town, we’re always at one of those two places.
HIS FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP
Barneys New York or Saks Fifth Avenue. I do my own shopping. I don’t really go outside of my box. I like to wear black and keep it simple. And I wear a lot of sweats.
HIS FAVORITE SWEATS
HIS FAVORITE SNEAKERS
For basketball, the new Kobes [from the Kobe Bryant Nike collection]. I also love Jordans. My Jordan 11s [Air Jordan Flight 11 Retro “Space Jam” re-release].
HIS FAVORITE MOVIE
“He Got Game” starring Ray Allen
My favorite artist is a rapper in Los Angeles named Nipsey Hussle. But you can’t go wrong with Jay Z and Drake and those kind of guys. Chance the Rapper. J. Cole—his new album is good. I like Kendrick [Lamar], but he goes too deep for me.
HIS FAVORITE PRO TEAMS
Well, I love the Seattle Seahawks, but my dad brainwashed me into being a [Denver] Broncos fan when I was little. But, I’m falling in love with the Patriots now, being in Boston. For basketball, I’m a student of the game. No matter what team is playing I like to watch. And for baseball, I like the [Seattle] Mariners, but I’m starting to like the Red Sox.
THE BEST CELTIC EVER
I’ll go with Larry Bird. Watching old tapes of Bird, and highlights, and hearing how people always talked about him. He was special. He had that swagger. He knew he was a bad dude.
He’s arguably the best quarterback, ever. He’s a great dude. We text all the time. I got to meet him last summer. Usually those type of guys at the top level have some kind of asshole in them. He didn’t have that. He was a real genuine guy. He answered every question I asked, and he had questions for me about basketball. He’s a good dude.