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Isaiah Thomas gets his foot in the door at Cambridge store

Good things keep happening to Celtics spark plug Isaiah Thomas.barry chin/globe staff

This has been a breakout year for Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas. He was named an All-Star for the first time, he has guided the Celtics into the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, and he has charmed new legions of fans because of the things he can do at 5 feet 9 inches that few others can.

And now, for the first time, he has a custom sneaker that is available to the public. Last Friday, Foot Locker began selling Thomas’s Nike HyperLive shoe, part of the Player Edition series that also includes the sneakers of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins.


For Thomas, it was a dream come true. But he did not just want to see the sneakers that had been delivered to him; he wanted to see them in a store, on a shelf. So last Saturday morning, he went to the Foot Locker at the CambridgeSide Galleria to personally check on his product.

“When I walked in, they were just like, ‘We have your shoe right here,’ ” Thomas said. “It’s a dope feeling. It’s nice.”

Of course, it is not every day that an NBA All-Star walks into a shoe store to see his personalized shoes. There was the display, and there, suddenly, was Thomas.

“It was pretty cool,” said Greg Comeau, an assistant manager at the store. “I’ve never met an NBA player up close like that. It was cool, an All-Star like that.

“I’m a big fan of his and a big Celtics fan, too. I told him how I was at the Knicks game the week before, and we talked about that. He’s a really nice guy.”

If ever there was an NBA All-Star who could inconspicuously walk through a mall without creating a stir, it is probably Thomas, who blends in with the general public for obvious reasons.


Comeau said it was a quiet morning at Foot Locker that day, but the few customers there did recognize Thomas. He said Thomas actually visits that store somewhat regularly. On this day, he chatted with several employees and bought a few pairs of shoes.

Thomas previously had a contract with Reebok. The company designed one custom shoe for him, but it was never sold in stores. Last September, the 27-year-old guard signed with Nike.

The Isaiah Thomas edition of Nike’s HyperLive sneaker.FootLocker.com

His HyperLive sneaker is a black low-top with Celtic-green laces and tongue, and white soles. Thomas’s initials are printed on the insoles of both sneakers, and in one, it lists the Boston area code 617 along with Thomas’s No. 4 jersey number. Inside the other, it has Seattle’s 206 area code and No. 2, Thomas’s jersey at the University of Washington.

The shoes are mostly being sold at regional stores in Boston and Seattle now, Thomas said, though the hope is that they will soon be available to a wider audience. Comeau said they’ve already sold a few pairs of the sneakers this week, mostly to Celtics fans.

“It’s just a blessing, man, just to see it all unfold like it is,” Thomas said. “It’s a feeling I always dreamed about when I was a kid. You become an All-Star and you get your own shoe, and it’s all come together like I hoped it would.”

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The Celtics are expected to soon sign Coty Clarke to a second 10-day contract, according to a league source. Clarke initially signed with Boston March 7 after spending the start of the season with the D-League’s Maine Red Claws.


He has appeared in the Celtics’ last two games. He scored 3 points and grabbed one rebound in Boston’s loss to the Pacers Tuesday and then entered Wednesday’s game against the Thunder to throw an inbounds pass on the final play before halftime.

After Clarke’s second 10-day deal expires, the Celtics would need to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wish to keep him on their roster.

“I put in the work,” Clarke said. “We’ll see where it goes from there.”

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.