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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]