HoopsHype Shaun Livingston rumors

February 12, 2013 Updates

Jasen Powell, the Clippers trainer, raced to Livingston before play stopped. Dr. Steven Shimoyama quickly followed. Livingston's knee looked like a pretzel, Shimoyama thought to himself. He could tell that Livingston had sustained a severe knee dislocation and wanted to lessen the agonizing suffering immediately. He prepared to pop the knee back into place, knowing the potential problems if it did not lock back in on the first attempt. Each subsequent attempt would have a lower rate of success than the last. The dislocation impaired the circulation to Livingston's foot; gangrene could set in if Shimoyama failed. Worse, failure could necessitate amputation. Shimoyama flexed Livingston's knee and hip to loosen up the hamstring so he would not fight muscle contractions as he tried to put the knee back into place. He placed an elbow on Livingston's knee to increase his pull. After a few seconds, the knee popped back into place.4 Grantland

He realized the gravity of his injury when he arrived at the hospital. A female doctor, Jones said, entered the room. She told Livingston he may be facing amputation. She'd yet to examine him, but after viewing Livingston's awkward landing on television — announcers warned squeamish viewers to turn away before showing replays — she prepared him for the worst. Wang, Jones said, told him that the doctor displayed unprofessionalism in saying this, whether she believed it or not. Wang asked the doctor to speak with him outside the room because she didn't want to administer a Doppler ultrasound to assess the circulation to his knee. Livingston eventually left the room for the test. Jones prayed, and while he did, a television in the room showed the replay of Livingston's injury. It was the first and only time Jones has seen it. He nearly broke down as he waited for Livingston. Grantland

January 11, 2013 Updates
December 29, 2012 Updates

How often do you get asked about the knee injury you suffered almost six years ago? Shaun Livingston: It's still the elephant in the room. Everybody still asks me about it. I came a long way. Q: Does it bother you any more? Shaun Livingston: It swells from time to time. I've still got to do maintenance. I'll have to do that for the rest of my life. But to play the game of basketball, it's worth it. Q: Is it true that you have never watched a replay of the injury? Shaun Livingston: Never watched it. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 28, 2012 Updates

Source: Shaun Livingston thought he was headed for the Philadelphia 76ers once he cleared waivers, a plan up-ended when the Cavaliers claimed him. The takeaway: the 76ers are looking for back-up PG help and apparently are pursuing that need ahead of their obvious shortcomings in size on the frontline. Sulia

December 26, 2012 Updates
December 23, 2012 Updates

Shortly after losing to the Detroit Pistons, 96-89, on Saturday at Verizon Center – their seventh straight defeat to drop to a franchise-worst 3-22 – the Wizards released Barron and Livingston to open up two roster spots that the team plans to fill with backcourt help, according to league sources. Washington Post

November 25, 2012 Updates

Living up to the Linsanity hype and recovering from knee surgery got to Lin early in Rockets training camp, sources close to the team said. The late addition of James Harden didn't ease things either. Sources said reserve guard Shaun Livingston often outplayed Lin in October. Sensing Livingston might get waived at the end of camp due to financial concerns, several Rockets players and coaches pleaded with management to keep him. A point guard controversy could've arrived if Livingston stuck around, but he was waived Oct. 29. Yahoo! Sports

November 23, 2012 Updates

The Wizards had to absorb a bit of a cash hit when they waived Jannero Pargo to make roster room for Shaun Livingston, with Pargo's contract guaranteed for $300,000 this season. ESPN.com

November 16, 2012 Updates

For Shaun Livingston, it was like coming home. The 6-foot-7 free-agent point guard was signed by the Wizards on Thursday, and was on the practice court on Friday to start his second stint with the team. The Wizards released Jannero Pargo to make room on the roster. “It feels good,” Livingston said after practice on Friday. “It’s an opportunity to play. I haven’t played yet this year. I’m just anxious to get out there, very anxious. I’ve just got to get my legs back, get my wind up and I’ll be alright.” Washington Times

November 15, 2012 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Shaun Livingston. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. "We are obviously familiar with what Shaun brings both on and off the court based on his previous time here and we’re confident that he will be a positive addition to our team," said Grunfeld. “His size and playmaking ability will give us more flexibility in the backcourt." NBA.com

October 30, 2012 Updates

Machado made the Rockets opening night roster when the Rockets waived veteran guard Shaun Livingston on Monday. Rockets coach Kevin McHale had given Livingston extensive praise and playing time last week, but the Rockets opted to go with Machado and Toney Douglas as backup point guards. With the release of Livingston along with the players the Rockets had determined to let go on Sunday — Lazar Hayward, Gary Forbes, Jon Brockman and JaJuan Johnson – the Rockets moved $7.5 million under the luxury tax. All five had guaranteed deals, though just $1 million of the $3.5 million remaining on Livingston’s contract was guaranteed. After the roster moves, the Rockets will be an average of just 23.6-years-old on opening night, with just 1.93 seasons of NBA experience. Houston Chronicle

October 29, 2012 Updates
October 22, 2012 Updates

He can no longer be spectacular. For the Rockets, steady will do. “Shaun’s a veteran and knows what he’s doing,” McHale said. “For a team that’s really young, his experience is valuable. He had a terrible, terrible knee injury, kind of thought he wasn’t going to play anymore. For him, there is a lot of joy in his play.” Livingston remains confident he can offer more than his influence. He has worked at both guard spots and small forward. He said he can add depth at the point and a needed playmaker at any position with the young second unit. “I’m still a natural point guard at heart,” Livingston said. “Some of my athleticism has changed since my injury. But at the point guard position, playmaking, I still have that ability, and I think it’s still one of my strengths in this league.” Houston Chronicle

June 28, 2012 Updates

Even as they acquired the 12th pick in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft from Milwaukee in a deal that sent center Samuel Dalembert to the Bucks along with the 14th overall pick and guard Shaun Livingston and forwards Jon Leuer and Jon Brockman, the Houston Rockets were still trying to move even higher, into the top 10. But their offer of guard Kyle Lowry along with the 16th pick overall to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the fifth pick overall and forward Chuck Hayes was rejected Wednesday by Sacramento, according to league sources. NBA.com

June 27, 2012 Updates

The Bucks needed the salaries of Leuer, Jon Brockman and Shaun Livingston to be within a certain range of the $6.7 million owed to Dalembert in the final year of his contract. Livingston was to make $3.5 million next season on a team option, Brockman was to make $1 million and Leuer $762,000. "I'm always concerned about moving quality people," Hammond said. "When I talked to him (Leuer) on the phone I was apologetic. It really did hurt to make that call" Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Chad Ford: Rockets plan on keeping Livingston, Leuer & Brockman despite fact they could save $4.7 million if they waived Livingston & Leuer Twitter

March 14, 2012 Updates
January 27, 2012 Updates

And the first day was agony. "When I had my surgery I had so much scar tissue that I could only bend my knee that much," he said, demonstrating mere inches. It was the range of a 90-year-old. About 50 degrees. Thank God physical therapy has come so far now. "They had me the next day after my surgery, cranking on my knee, bending it - and I've got staples in my knee. Ohh," he shook his head, thinking of the pain. "That is the type of rigorous rehab you have to go through to be able to get back to an athletic level, let alone to walk." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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