If Isaiah Thomas decided to write a book, he could steal the title and borrow a few themes and spin his own "Tale of Two Cities."

Sacramento or Seattle. His adopted home and his hometown. Rent or buy. Wondering when he can walk into a locker room – any NBA locker room – without one city clutching his ankles while the other holds tightly to his wrists.

"Every person I see, they say, 'Are you going back home next year?' " Thomas said before opening some eyes with his strong performance – 18 points and 10 assists – in Team Chuck's 163-135 victory over Team Shaq in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge at the Toyota Center. "They know it's (the Kings' future) up in the air. I get texts every day, Twitter feeds. 'Are you happy going to Seattle? Are you going to miss Sacramento? Could they be staying?'

"I try not to comment too much because people take things the wrong way."

As the Kings' only representative in the annual All-Star festivities, the diminutive second-year guard is a sizeable curiosity factor here, with the intrigue having more to do with the dueling cities than his ability to thrive in a league where 6-footers are considered undersized.

Ricky Rubio attracts a pregame media crowd and hears questions about passing and ball handling and recovering from major knee surgery. Damian Lillard is asked about the transition from Weber State standout to Rookie of the Year candidate. Alexey Shved is probed about developing his playmaking skills during his boyhood in Russia.

Thomas? He gets pummeled with inquiries about where he wants to play, what he thinks about the arena situation, how he believes the matter will be resolved, how often he speaks with former Phoenix Suns All-Star Kevin Johnson, and even whether he squeezes inside information out of the Sacramento mayor.

"I know he's (Johnson) here trying to work some things out," Thomas said with a slight smile. "We talk a lot, maybe once a week. He's been a real mentor to me."