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After spending 26 years in prison, Aaron “Showtime” Taylor got the chance of a lifetime Saturday night as the guest public address announcer for the Golden State Warriors' home game against the Houston Rockets.
But the honors did not stop there.
After dropping 38 points in the 125-109 win, Stephen Curry walked over to Taylor and gave him a hug and shared some words with him.
But once again, the honors did not stop there.
Curry gave up his postgame interview with NBC Sports Bay Area to Taylor, who was emotional to have been given the opportunity alongside the two-time MVP.
"This is surreal," Taylor said as he began to choke up. Curry could be heard telling him, "Embrace it."
"I worked hard in 26 years to rehabilitate myself. In the process of doing that, I just embraced the attitude that I could be more than what I was. Once I embraced the attitude that I could be more than what I was, then it was time for me to tell other people, you can be more than what you think you are," Taylor added.
Taylor's story was recently highlighted in The Athletic and Spectrum News 1. He spent over two decades in prison for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, and was booked in San Quentin State Prison, more than 10 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
During his time in prison, Taylor would announce basketball games, "three games a day, five days a week," he told Spectrum News 1. His first interaction with the Warriors came when the team visited the prison and played a pick-up game against the inmates in 2012, which Taylor announced.
Taylor had been spending time calling games for the Venice Beach League and American Basketball Association after his release from prison a few months ago. The Warriors asked him to be the guest PA announcer for Saturday in a March 6 email.
Curry then took the mic and said that he Taylor had a "primetime performance," and then was doused by the Warriors' Kent Bazemore.
"All of Dub Nation knows," Curry said. "You heat up the building, we got to cool you down, so let's cool you down."
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Aaron Taylor calls experience as PA announcer for Warriors 'surreal'