VAUGHT: Q&A with Sam Malone, pt 2

Malone: "It really made me think you can't take any day for granted and taught me a lot about life. You never know what might happen, and you have to try your best every day to get better in whatever you want to do.

Question: How big an opportunity do you feel this is for you?

Malone: "This is everything. I am just trying to soak it all in. I would love one day to do something with basketball myself. I am not sure what it is, but I?love the sport. I love all sports in general, but I?particularly love basketball."

Question: What impact did having a good friend, Tim Mahoney, die in an automobile accident during your sophomore year in high school have one you?

Malone: "It really made me think you can't take any day for granted and taught me a lot about life. You never know what might happen, and you have to try your best every day to get better in whatever you want to do.

"I have his name tattooed on my back. He stays with me all the time. When you are a sophomore in high school, you don't have to worry about much but that was an eye-opening experience. It's just tough for a young kid to go through that, but it definitely made me a better person and taught me a lot."

Question: Who will you turn to here in tough times for help or advice?

Malone: "I am comfortable with everyone here. Everyone has welcomed me in with open arms. You would never know they are great basketball players. They are just very humble people and just regular kids. They are mean on the court, and it is great how competitive they are. I had high expectations for them, and they met it and went beyond that."

Question: Are you a big fan of rapper Drake, and do you hope to meet him since he's become a Kentucky?fan because of Calipari? Malone: "I would like to meet Drake definitely, but I want to meet (former UK?star and Boston Celtics guard Rajon) Rondo, too. I love him. Everyone loves him in Boston. I?am hoping he will be around. Everyone around Boston is so happy that he is the face of the team now. He is the man up there."

Question: What kind of things will you be able to do consistently in practice?

Malone: "Just work as hard as I possibly can and treat every practice like a game. Whether it is diving for a loose ball or cheering on teammates, that is what I will do. It might be a little bit nerve-wracking sometimes, but you just have to enjoy it. It is fun. It really is."

Question: What have you heard about Rupp Arena?

Malone: "I?have never been in it. I?am used to the Boston Garden, which is crazy. My brother has been to Rupp Arena a few times, and he says it is all beyond that. He is a junior here, and loves it. He was looking into transferring schools, and when Cal got here, it popped up and he came to Kentucky."

Question: Do you think Calipari will invite you to his house here?

Malone: "Hopefully he will have me over for dinner. I have known Bradley since I was little, so we are always hanging out. He can be a piece of work because he's a competitor in everything."

Question: How do you get along with Ellen Calipari?

Malone: "She is really nice. She is the best. She is always very welcoming when we come to stay. It is a great family. They are really nice."


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