Nov 24

My Impromptu Interview with Armon Johnson

By sarahhecht Posted in: ArmonJohnson
Today, while broadcasting Just Casey from the practice facility, I had the unexpected privilege of interviewing Point Guard Armon Johnson. As a behind the scenes kind of girl, having a mic handed to me was shocking and a bit scary, so pardon my deer in the headlights look, I’ve never done an on-camera interview. A big thanks to AJ for making it fun and easy.

I’m a new member of the Trail Blazers family and still learning the ropes—there are quite a few. Seeing players, executives and the Schonz on a regular basis is something that takes getting used to. Surprisingly, and I really impress myself with this one, I don’t get nervous when I’m around the guys. A spur of the moment live interview on the other hand... Let’s just say I was trying not to puke on my laptop.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you had so much adrenaline pumping you only remember bits and pieces of the event? That’s exactly how I felt. Here’s a rundown of what I remember. The experience was quite unexpected and dizzying, so this is random. Casey and I head into the PF and start broadcasting, business as usual. Casey interviews Brandon and takes some viewer questions. Casey states his “Keys to Thanksgiving.” AJ compliments my hair. Casey responds with a slight diss, though I’m pretty sure it was unintentional. I follow with defense of my multi-colored coif. Business continues as usual. AJ wanders over and asks Casey what he said about my hair. My brain is a train speeding down a track, everything is a blur. Then come the interview snippets. AJ takes his rookie duties very seriously. AJ is speechless about the incredible impact we had at the Harvest Dinner. AJ’s gamertag is BlazerAJ1. I think, look at the camera Sarah. Smile. Move the mic to AJ when he speaks. AJ likes rice from PF Changs. I mispronounce Armon’s name. Casey calls me on it. Breathe, Sarah. Breathe. Interview ends. I slightly regain composure while fleeing from view of the camera. Whew, what a rush.

My nerves  finally calmed a couple hours later when I saw the video and realized it wasn’t a total disaster. I’m actually proud. A big thanks to everyone who submitted questions in the chat, I couldn’t have done it without you.

You can catch my first interview experience over at in Just Casey: Episode #8 at the 33:45 mark.

What do you think? Is AJ fun or what? What questions would you like to see him answer next time?


  1. Sarah! Nice job dear! Yes, he definitely made it fun and easy going for you. Nice guy that AJ. :-) I'm sure if you get another chance down the road, you'll be less nervous, but hey, if you want to stay behind the scenes, that's fine too. I think your hair is awesome - though I'm not a fan changing color (other people that is, as I don't have much left myself). Anyways, keep up the good work! Peace out! -Anees

    by Anees on 11/27/2010 1:42 AM
  2. Great job!

    by RedRudy5 on 11/27/2010 10:28 AM
  3. I thought you handled it well, Sarah. Doing something impromptu can be very nerveracking, but if you do well enough, then you glance back at it and realize you wish you'd done this or that or you wish you would've asked this particular question or that. But if people keep complimenting you on a job well done, then your mind relaxes and realize that many in your shoes wouldn't have had the stones to do what you did. So big props to you for a good one with AJ and maybe there will be another experience down the road like this one. The advantage is that you'll be ready for it next time.

    by blazerdarren77 on 11/27/2010 9:14 PM
  4. Nice work Sarah, handled it like a pro!

    by BR7_Fan on 11/29/2010 11:37 AM
  5. You did great, keep up the good work. I liked how you explained what you remember. Classic!

    by Kraydayz on 12/18/2010 8:01 PM
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