Saturday, December 14, 2013

Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings

Me and Isaiah Thomas
I had tried to get in touch with Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings to do an interview, but I was not having any luck. I asked my friend Michelle Rhee if she could help (her husband is the Mayor of Sacramento).  Mayor Johnson helped me to have one of the best days EVER! I was able to sit down with Isaiah Thomas for a few minutes and then the really cool people from the Kings let me rebound with the Kings players while they were warming up. Thank you so much Mayor Johnson, Ms Rhee, Katie Peterson from the Kings and ESPECIALLY Isaiah Thomas!

PMAKid: Okay, so…my first question: "Did you always want to play in the NBA

Isaiah Thomas: Ever since I was a little boy, I just always had a basketball in my hands, my parents told me. It was just something that I loved to do. Once I got older, that was my dream, to play in the NBA. And even though everybody always told me that I couldn't because I was so small, that just made me want to prove them wrong.

PMAKid: Education is important to me, Mayor Johnson and my friend Michelle Rhee.  Can you tell me about your favorite teacher when you were a kid? And how important do you think getting an education is?

Isaiah Thomas: I don't know if I had a favorite teacher, but education is very important. As you may know, when I left college - I went to college for three years, so I left college early - and in my first year in the NBA, I was going to classes at the University of Washington. I graduated in my first year - in the summer of 2011, I graduated.  So I was doing classes all through my rookie year. It was something that was very important to me. I always promised my parents that I would graduate college, and I kept my word. I think education is the most important thing you can have. Everybody's not going to be a professional athlete or be something that they dream about being, but if they get their education - that is half the battle right there.

PMAKid: Can you tell me your thoughts on how important good sportsmanship is?

Isaiah Thomas: Sportsmanship is very important - I mean, you always want to respect your opponent because when you respect your opponent, they respect you back. You want to respect your coaches, the referees, everybody, because if you shown signs of respect, that means that people are going to respect you back. I try to show my sportsmanship even through the heat of the battle, because you know we play the warriors tonight -

Isaiah Thomas warming up
PMAKid:  right

Isaiah Thomas: I got a couple of friends on that team, but we're not friends when we step on the floor, but I still respect them, and I have to show them good sportsmanship.

PMAKid: I also interviewed CJ Wilson, a pitcher for the Angels. Having a positive mental attitude - or PMA - is critical for him. What do you think about positive attitude in your career?

Isaiah Thomas: It's very important, just always being positive. I mean, if you're being positive, it can take your team-mates, anybody, a long way. Like, if somebody misses a shot, and you say "you can make the next one", that gives that guy confidence to take the next shot. So if you are just positive, it works out at the end of the day.

PMAKid: I like to ask people I interview about music.  My favorite music talks about keeping a positive attitude and staying drug free, and this music is very important to me.  What is your favorite kind of music and why?

Isaiah Thomas: I like rap music. I like R&B.  My dad is a little older, so he got me hooked on slow jams, R&B from the 80s and stuff like that.  I like all kinds of music. I listen to rap music before the games just to give me energy.

PMAKid: If you could do anything or have any job beside being a basketball player, what would it be and why?

Isaiah Thomas: I would work in the FBI or something like that.

PMAKid: {laughing}

Isaiah Thomas: I watch a lot of Law & Order and all those type of shows. I want to be a part of that when I get done in the NBA.

PMAKid: Thanks, Mr Tomas!

Isaiah Thomas: Alright.  Nice to meet you.

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