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Shaun Livingston
Shaun Livingston
Position: G
Born: 09/11/85
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:186 lbs. / 84.4 kg.
Salary: $5,543,725
Me: I remember when we talked last summer after you signed, and you were so gratified that someone wanted you for what you could do on the court again, and not just to see what you had left. Shaun Livingston: I signed the first day of free agency. For them to have that interest, and they were a playoff team. And just everything about where they were headed, upward direction, it was like, wow. For me to have a suitor as the Warriors, after all I was going through, calling my agent — ‘hey, did anybody call today?’ I was that guy. Am I going to get any looks? Can I get any workouts? Now you have a 52-win team calling and coming for your services. It was a good feeling.
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Me: Was it hard for people to see you, Shaun, instead of just an injured player? Shaun Livingston: Absolutely. It’s like damaged goods, right? They see you, and the first thing they think about is the injury. ‘Cause that’s what happens sometimes. That was such a high profile injury, and the shock value behind it. I remember people, mostly women, coming up almost in tears when they’d see me, like, ‘are you okay?’ I’m like, ‘I’m alive. I’m good.’ When I first came back in the NBA, that was the first real question — is he going to make it? Are you okay to play? How’s your knee? So I think that was the hardest part.
Delon Wright, a 6-foot-5 point guard out of Utah, averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists in his senior season with the Utes. Delon is expected to be drafted in the mid to late first round in this month’s NBA Draft. Said Dorell of his bother: “He reminds me a lot of Shaun Livingston when he was younger, without the handle, though. [Delon’s] handle is not as tight as Shaun Livingston’s, but him being able to post-up smaller guards, use his body, see over the defense to make plays for other people, I think that’s going to be one of the things that standout the most.”
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Now 29 and playing for his ninth team since that nightmarish game, Livingston has outrun calamity and set himself up for a climax that sounds like a movie. “I think a lot about Shaun and the horrific injury he had, the amazing comeback he’s made,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “And now, to be in a position to play for a championship when there was a time doctors told him he was close to having an amputation … when you think about that, what an incredible story.”
Dirk Nowitzki on the Shaun Livingston situation: “I’m not sure what he was doing. That’s what I actually asked him after. What were you trying to go for there? Actually, I told him right after I might want one more kid, so ease up there. He was kind of like it was totally my fault. I’m not sure if he tried to reach through my legs to get the ball. That’s a weird idea. He is smaller, and obviously I’m bigger, so I’m not sure if I had the ball low. I can’t even remember how the whole play happened. But yeah, it was just an awkward play. Like I said, afterwards he doesn’t have the reputation of that. He’s a really good dude. Actually Devin [Harris] and some of the guys in our locker room know him and they right away said he didn’t mean to do that. So that’s what I rolled with.”
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks held their season ticket holders appreciation day on Monday at Six Flags Over Texas. During the event, someone asked Dirk about the incident over the weekend wherein the Warriors’ Shaun Livingston gave him a shot to the nuts from behind. Dirk says he and Livingston talked about it later and that Livingston said, “You know, for a white guy, it’s pretty impressive.” The low blow earned Livingston a suspension. No word on whether or not the compliment was taken into consideration when the league decided on the punishment. [via @dena_adi]
Cuban said what he saw was wrong. “Look, it was no confrontation,” Cuban said, adding he would not ask for Livingston to be suspended. “Don’t make it seem like one. It was just a friendly conversation, and I was curious because it’s just wrong. It’s just wrong. “It’s not like I’m mad, right? They’re a good organization, and I would think that’s just not the way you do things.”
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had an animated postgame discussion with Warriors coach Steve Kerr and also spoke with guard Shaun Livingston, who committed a controversial flagrant foul on Dirk Nowitzki in Saturday’s 123-110 win. Livingston made contact in Nowitzki’s groin area while Nowitzki was backing down his defender late in the third quarter. Nowitzki immediately reacted in discomfort, turning to confront Livingston.
“Well, I give him the benefit of the doubt because he’s really not that type of player,” Nowitzki said. “He hasn’t been his entire career. I’m not really sure what he was trying to do there, if he was trying to get to the ball through my legs or anything. But like I said, he’s not a dirty player. “But I really enjoyed his tight grip he got. I really enjoyed that.”
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Assuming that the knee problem isn’t anything major, the only thing that spiced up the Mavericks’ second consecutive home loss was the Nowitzki-Livingston situation. Livingston, trying to defend Nowitzki in the post, was using his right hand to hand-check Nowitzki in the back. Somehow, his hand got in between Nowitzki’s legs and clearly caught Nowitzki in the groin area.
Livingston’s idea of manhood was crafted by a legacy of men allergic to complaining and unfamiliar with excuses. Who view responsibility as normal and providing as a privilege. Another reason Livingston never considered quitting? Because he has three younger sisters watching him. “I wanted to teach them persistence. Staying diligent,” Livingston said. “I’m a walking testimony, a product of all the people in my life and my faith. I’m not supposed to be out here.”
His parents split when he was 2. But unlike the common occurrence in the African-American community, Livingston was raised by his father. All the major influences in his life were men. Strong men. His dad, Reggie, in his 18th year doing maintenance at a bus company, was a strict parent who passed down his love of sports. His grandfather, Frank, followed his time in the Marines with 30 years working in security.
Sure, he had suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in NBA history. And, sure, his 6-foot-7, 160-pound frame seemed ripe for injuries. But Livingston, now the Warriors’ backup point guard, wasn’t built to give up. That’s why he’s in his 10th season and on his ninth team, making his highest salary, playing his most important role. “It just wasn’t in me,” said Livingston, 29, who also had a stop in the D-League. “Who I am as a person … I can’t live and quit.”
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Livingston, who guarded the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant in his lone season in Brooklyn, got off to a slow start in Golden State because of a toe injury sustained late last season with the Nets, resulting in offseason surgery and a missed training camp. He revealed for the first time Thursday how his broken toe was never diagnosed, and how he played in the postseason on the strength of a cortisone injection. “I don’t want to say I was misdiagnosed, but they couldn’t really figure out the issue. They did all these MRIs and X-rays and it was still hurt,” said Livingston, who broke his toe in the 77th game of last season and subsequently played 326 playoff minutes.