Golden State Warriors hero Shaun Livingston has wrapped up an unforgettable career today, announcing his retirement to the world via his social media after 15 seasons.
After 15 years in the NBA, I’m excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath. Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams. I wasn’t supposed to be here. Anybody… https://t.co/Qj8f3M72B1— Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston) September 13, 2019
The three-time NBA champion was a major member of the Warriors dynasty, contributing to five straight Finals’ trips. The 6-foot-7 point guard was drafted Los Angeles Clippers directly out of high school in 2004, where his preternatural playmaking skills helped the Clips climb out of the cellar and make the playoffs in 2006. A horrific knee injury ended his tenure there after three seasons and nearly forced him to retire under the threat of amputation.
After grueling rehab that wiped out an entire season, Livingston miraculously returned to the court. He bounced around the league for several years before finding a home as reserve on the Warriors in the 2015 season. His humble demeanor and fiercely competitive nature served Golden State’s “Strength In Numbers” motif well, as he had no qualms coming off of the bench to make plays for the Golden Empire.
When the Warriors released the aging Livingston last June, Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke to the Athletic about what “S.Dot” brought to the team:
He was a metronome -- you could just count on him to be the same guy, day after day, no matter what the circumstances.
Never any drama. Just steady, quiet leadership and an old-school post game that gave people fits. And of course, he fit well into our switching scheme and got his hands on a ton of high, long rebounds.
In my season review of Livingston’s career with the Dubs, I asked GSoM if Golden State should retire his jersey for his contributions. As of now, that poll overwhelmingly points to the affirmative, as nearly two-thirds of the votes were in favor of Livingston’s number hanging in the rafters of the Chase Center.
That lets you know what a fan-favorite he was in Dub Nation, and how much of an impact he had on the Warriors dynasty.
Thank you Shaun!!