Friday, June 19, 2009

Sam the Man

Yesterday I did an interview with Sam Amick. He's really nice and approachable! For people who don't know, Sam is the top reporter who covers the Kings in the sports section of The Sacramento Bee. Before we met, I thought of six questions I really wanted to ask Sam - -and here are his answers for you to read:
Q: Did you always know that you were going to be a writer?
A: I first knew I wanted to be a writer when I was in college.

Q: Do you go on the road with the Kings?
A: I go on the road with them but on a different flight.

Q: Who do you think the Kings should draft?
A: Rubio, if he's available.

Q: When you were a kid did you play sports?
A: Yes, I played basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and football. Baseball was my favorite and basketball my second favorite.

Q: What NBA player would most help the Kings?
A: Hedo Turkoglu

Q: Did you like that the Kings got Paul Westphal?
A: Yes because he's had a lot of success in the past.

Sam also gave me some advice, which is "Write what you believe." I think this is really cool advice because it means I should always write the truth the way I see it.
Some of you might remember my post about the Kings grades that Sam wrote. Well, Sam and I disagreed about the grades, but what was great was that Sam didn't get mad about it. This goes back to his advice for me -- write what you believe.

This upcoming season both Sam and I are looking forward to exciting games, like a game that's tied with 10 seconds left and then the Kings hit a big shot to win it. I'm looking forward to the fun King events, meeting more players, seeing how Paul Westphal coaches, and I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing who we get in the draft!

Thank you, Sam, for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me. If you ever want to meet with somebody and eat ice cream and talk Kings again, I'll do it!
Until October, gooooo Kings!


Maciej said...

great stuff kid :) big up from Poland. Garcia's and JT fan.

grammy said...

Hi Zach,
You did it again. Your column was easy for a grammy to read and understand. Sam sounds like a really nice guy.
Sorry, but I don't have any anwers for your questions. I will have to study up on sports information.
What kind of ice cream did you have? Wish I could have been there.
See you soon. Grammy

AC II said...

Great interview! Because of your blogs on Sam, I've started following him on Twitter. He sounds like an upstanding guy. I also followed the finals this year...the Lakers are my 2nd favorite team behind the Kings. It got a bit crazy here in LA the night the Lakers won (I wasn't anywhere near the mayhem). The win was good for the city though. I'm looking forward to more of your blogs. Keep up the good work!

Joe said...

Zach - Keep up the good work! I agree with Sam and think you should always write what you feel is the truth and you can't go wrong.

I hope your Kings can get a good player and compete for a title next year.

Cousin Joe

Claire said...

Zach, you are a wonderful journalist. So proud to read your work.


Katie T. said...

Hey there Zach,
I really enjoyed your interview with Sam. I always learn something new when I read your blog. Keep up the good work! Great seeing you on Saturday!!!
-Auntie Katie T. ;-)

lgonzales said...

Enjoyed your blog. Looking forward to the video of you Sunday at

Linda Gonzales
The Sacramento Bee