Q&A:Jermaine Taylor talks NBA lockout
On the court at UCF, Jermaine Taylor dominated for four seasons. Things are different in the NBA, however. Taylor has been playing the waiting game during his past three NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings, waiting for a chance to shine like he did with the Knights. Taylor sat down and talked with the Central Florida Future about waiting for a chance to prove himself, the NBA lockout and the possibility of him playing overseas during the lockout.
Central Florida Future: Since the NBA lockout is in full effect, what have you been up to?
Jermaine Taylor: I'm just enjoying the time that I have off, training every day. There's a gym right across the street from my apartment in Miami, I have a personal trainer there that I train with every day.
No one really knows where this lockout is going. Right now I might go overseas. There are a lot of great offers. I just need to make my decision, and I'm waiting on what happens with the lockout.
CFF: There's a lot of NBA players that will go the foreign route because of the lockout. What do you think of that?
Taylor: No one wants to sit around and not do anything. We're basketball players; this is what we've been doing our whole lives. I don't want to take a break from basketball. I think everyone who has the opportunity (to play overseas) whether they are getting paid a lot of money or not, just for the experience will play.
CFF: So you think you're going to follow the trend?
Taylor: Oh yeah. Once September comes and if there isn't any progress with the NBA season, then I'm going to look to play overseas.
CFF: Are there any ideal overseas markets for you?
Taylor: It just depends on whoever throws out the best offer. I'm really leaning toward China just because of the short season - it's only five months. I can go over there, play, make money and then come back over here and still have about two months left of the NBA lockout.
CFF: You're a free agent now so you're free to sign where you please. How do you think that will go?
Taylor: I think it's going to go really well. When I was released by the Kings, right when teams were able to communicate with me, 16 teams hit me up that were interested. So I feel really good about being a free agent. I'm really just looking to play. I've been in the league two, going on three, years, and no one has really given me a chance. I just want to produce. I'm really just waiting on someone to give me a chance. I'm a small-town kid so no one knows what I can do. With being a free agent, I can look for that opportunity. That's why I'm so excited.
CFF: The Kings waived you at the end of the season; how did that go down?
Taylor: With Sacramento, I told the owner, "If I'm not in your plans for next season, if I'm not going to play 20-30 minutes a game, then let me go so I can find some place I can place where I can prove myself."
CFF: Is that the main thing that you will be looking for when looking to sign with a team? The ability to play 20-30 minutes a game?
Taylor: That's got to be the first thing. How many guards they have, if I'm going to get playing time. I cannot, can't, don't want to sit on the bench another year. It's really frustrating for me. Whatever team that can give me the best opportunity to play is where I'm going to go.
CFF: Has that been the toughest adjustment for you, coming from UCF and going to the NBA?
Taylor: That's the thing I've had to get adjusted to the most. My whole basketball career, not just at UCF, I've never had to sit the bench. It's something that I'm not used to, and it's something that I don't like. Anything that I can do to change that, I will.
CFF: What are some goals that you will be working toward next season?
Taylor: The only goal that I have is to get as much playing time as I can. I want to find a team, dominate and make a name for myself.
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