Golden State Warriors mid-range magician Shaun Livingston announced his retirement today, just two days after celebrating his 34th birthday. The six-foot-seven guard won three NBA titles with the Dubs after spending time with eight other franchises including the Los Angeles Clippers where he began his NBA career in 2004.
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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 🍷
REACTIONS TO SHAUN LIVINGSTON RETIREMENT
As news broke of Livingston’s retirement, fellow Warriors — including Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson — fans, and commentators took to social media to offer kudos and salute his achievements…
It’s hard to express how thankful I am to have coached this man the past 5 years. What an amazing combination of talent, grace, & character. I will miss his calm leadership,his presence, his passing & his turnaround jumpers in the post. Nothing but great things ahead! https://t.co/rWCPXfFmfB
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) September 14, 2019
First NBA jersey I ever bought with my own money was yours. Well done champ!!! https://t.co/90y2s8dQGm
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) September 14, 2019
— Zaza Pachulia (@zaza27) September 13, 2019
Great baller. Even better human.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) September 14, 2019
A pro's pro from the jump.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) September 13, 2019