Shaun Livingston has experienced a lot of success with the Golden State Warriors. He signed with the team in the summer of 2014, and in his first year he won a title.
In the three years since, Livingston has returned to the NBA Finals three more times, and collected two more rings. He’ll look to grab another in a few months.
He doesn’t take it for granted, and he realizes just how wonderful it has been.
In an interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the veteran point guard waxed poetic about his current team. “Honestly, I tell people this, especially the young guys, Golden State, this is like basketball nirvana,” Livingston said. “The opportunity to play for this organization, live in the Bay Area, great fans, great ownership, committed to winning, coach that knows what he’s doing and superstars that are selfless. We have a great situation.”
The quote came within the context of Livingston saying he’s hesitant about joining another team this summer, rather than retiring. He’s under contract for one more season with the Dubs, but Golden State can save a huge amount of money by exercising a $2 million buyout option in the contract.
We’ll have to wait and see what the team does with Livingston. In the meantime, when he gets to talking about how meaningful of a stop this is, I always think of the moment after he won his first title, when he sat in the champagne-soaked locker room and said, “People don’t understand how hard the journey is to get here. . . 11 years. People play their whole careers and never get a championship. We got one. We earned it, too.”