Former San Quentin State Prison inmate Aaron ‘Showtime” Taylor
After serving 26 years in prison for armed robbery, Aaron “Showtime” Taylor had the opportunity of a lifetime as the guest public address announcer for the Golden State Warriors game against Houston on April 10. The night in the spotlight followed years of play-by-play for a captive audience and caught the eyes and ears of Warriors’ management during the organization’s annual visit to San Quentin State Prison. Taylor isn’t resting on his laurels and continues pursuit of his dream to be a high-level play-by-play announcer. Inspired by a broadcasting icon, Taylor insists he won’t be denied and that he’s even capable of making curling exciting.
The Dave Lewis Show
"Showtime" Taylor's Story of Redemption Still has Chapters to be Written
"It's never too late. My mind is set here. When I found out I was going to the (parole) board, I automatically said okay, you're going to get out the first time you go so let's start looking at your options. Okay, when you get out, you'll be 54. It's going to be a month before you're 55th birthday. That means you're going to have an opportunity to have a career in sports broadcasting. If you can make it happen, you can start at 55 and possibly go to 80-years-old, maybe 85.... so as long as your vision is good and your mind is sharp, you can have a job in sports broadcasting."
On the Marvin Bagley controversy in Sacramento: "I think this will blow over myself, personally. They've got to rise above it and realize it's got to be about winning; not about the scuttlebutt or family innuendo...it's unfortunate. I talk to a lot of people and they don't think that players have really changed that much but perhaps the people around them and I think this is a reflection of that. "
"It'll certainly give Durant a clear vision of what he'd be leaving behind, if he indeed does leave. Because this is rarefied air, right? Five straight Finals and it would be four (titles) in five years and three-peat. And even for Leonard, to say, 'Hey, this is working. We've gotten to the Finals'....I think winning has an effect on decision-making. I don't think there's any question about that. You know what you have here."
"I think it's foolish to believe that teams don't have some type of dysfunction within them regardless of their record and place in the standings. And this, obviously has gone public But I feel this is more trending toward a bump in the road than an implosion because those guys realize how special it is what they have and I think they'll be hungry to rekindle it and get back to that level of play soon.
"You could have had a million dollars but money didn't mean a thing in there. Very scary situation where it could have been a lot worse than it was. There was death, rapes, drug use and fear of war between the locals and the cops that almost took place."