Shaun Livingston Retires After 15 Years

Friday, September 13, 2019 5:51 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 13, 2019 5:51 PM UTC

Three-time NBA Champion Shaun Livingston has officially retired. Livingston played for nine teams and he had been considering retirement for some time.

<div><p>The Warriors waived Livingston on July 9 and he was still an unrestricted free agent because he wasn't sure about whether or not he wanted to retire. 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&lt;div style=\"color:#3897f0;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:550;line-height:18px\"&gt; View this post on Instagram&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=\"padding:12.5% 0\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div style=\"display:flex;flex-direction:row;margin-bottom:14px;align-items:center\"&gt;&lt;div&gt; &lt;div style=\"background-color:#F4F4F4;border-radius:50%;height:12.5px;width:12.5px;transform:translateX(0px) translateY(7px)\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div style=\"background-color:#F4F4F4;height:12.5px;transform:rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px);width:12.5px;flex-grow:0;margin-right:14px;margin-left:2px\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div style=\"background-color:#F4F4F4;border-radius:50%;height:12.5px;width:12.5px;transform:translateX(9px) translateY(-18px)\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=\"margin-left:8px\"&gt; &lt;div style=\"background-color:#F4F4F4;border-radius:50%;flex-grow:0;height:20px;width:20px\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div style=\"width:0;height:0;border-top:2px solid transparent;border-left:6px solid #f4f4f4;border-bottom:2px solid transparent;transform:translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg)\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=\"margin-left:auto\"&gt; &lt;div style=\"width:0px;border-top:8px solid #F4F4F4;border-right:8px solid transparent;transform:translateY(16px)\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div style=\"background-color:#F4F4F4;flex-grow:0;height:12px;width:16px;transform:translateY(-4px)\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;div style=\"width:0;height:0;border-top:8px solid #F4F4F4;border-left:8px solid transparent;transform:translateY(-4px) translateX(8px)\"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;p style=\"margin:8px 0 0 0;padding:0 4px\"&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/B2W0HYllm6O/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;amp;utm_campaign=loading\" style=\"color:#000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px;text-decoration:none;word-wrap:break-word\" target=\"_blank\"&gt;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 that has beat the odds understands the mental and emotional strain it takes to inspire yourself on an uphill war, let alone inspire others. “The injury” gave me a chance to find and prove to myself (and the world) that I wouldn’t be defined by my circumstances. With my time in the League what I will be most proud of is the fact that my character, values and faith were tested, and I persevered. To my pops that told me to “go get the big ball” I THANK YOU. To my Grandpa that always showed me there was more to life than basketball I THANK YOU. To my Uncles that helped raise me like I was one of their own, THANK YOU. To my wife and kids...the future IS BRIGHTER than our past, and I couldn’t see myself taking on this chapter without you. To all of my teammates, coaches, TRAINERS, staff, my journey is a collection of experiences, and those of you that helped me along the way, THANK YOU! To all the fans and anybody else that inspired me, supported me, cheered for me, or even said good words about me, THANK YOU. “The greatest gift we can give is service to others” #Raiseaglass 🍷&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p style=\"color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:8px;overflow:hidden;padding:8px 0 7px;text-align:center;text-overflow:ellipsis;white-space:nowrap\"&gt;A post shared by &lt;a href=\"https://www.instagram.com/sdot1414/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;amp;utm_campaign=loading\" style=\"color:#c9c8cd;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:17px\" target=\"_blank\"&gt; Shaun Livingston&lt;/a&gt; (@sdot1414) on &lt;time style=\"font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:17px\" datetime=\"2019-09-13T15:30:13+00:00\"&gt;Sep 13, 2019 at 8:30am PDT&lt;/time&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"//www.instagram.com/embed.js\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Shaun Livingston averaged 15.5 minutes per game over his last two seasons with the Warriors and there were reports at the end of the season that he was weighing retirement.</p><p>This is what he told The Athletic: <em>"It's just all the signs on the wall. And just more so from a physical standpoint. If I'm healthy and having fun, then I want to play. But physically, if I'm not... Like, I put so much work in my body just to get back to playing basketball, let alone get to this point where I'm at."</em></p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=6009&amp;book=Picks-Odds" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d64050601907f86f3863dc2/original-live-odds-on-all-games-at-sportsbook-review" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>The 34-year-old played 15 years in the NBA, averaging 6.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds in 20.6 minutes over 833 games (191 starts) with the Clippers, Heat, Thunder, Wizards, Hornets, Bucks, Cavaliers, Nets and Warriors. He was drafted No. 4 overall by the Clippers in 2004 and he joined the Warriors in 2014 and won three NBA Championships with them.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;One of my favorite Shaun Livingston plays. Goes behind the back twice, sets up for a Klay triple. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/K0i6ecI2NU\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/K0i6ecI2NU&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Derek Tahara (@DerekTahara) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/DerekTahara/status/1148792181626327040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 10, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>Livingston's career was supposed to be over when he tore his ACL, PCL and lateral meniscus in 2007. It was one of the worst injuries in NBA history and the fact that he was able to come back is inspiring. He returned in the 2008-09 season, playing 12 games for the Heat and Thunder. Livingston was supposed to be a star in the NBA but he still had a great career as a role player and his perseverance should be an example for all of us.</p></div>
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