Three-time NBA champion Shaun Livingston announces retirement after 15-year career

CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideAfter 15 years in the NBA, an inspiring comeback and three titles, Shaun Livingston is calling it a career. The former Golden State Warriors guard, who began his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, announced his decision in an Instagram post Friday. “I’m excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath,” Livingston wrote. “Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams.” One of the top high school players in the country, Livingston committed to Duke but then opted to head straight for the NBA draft, and the Clippers selected him fourth overall in 2004. Injuries hampered the early years of his career, but a debilitating leg injury on Feb. 26, 2007, nearly ended it. It would take him more than a year to be cleared for basketball activities, and he sat out the entire 2007-08 season.  View this post on InstagramAfter 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 🍷A post shared by Shaun Livingston (@sdot1414) on Sep 13, 2019 at 8:30am PDTLivingston bounced around the league once healthy, playing stints for Miami, Oklahoma City, Washington, Charlotte and Milwaukee. His career renaissance took off with the Brooklyn Nets starting in the 2013-14 season, when he played 76 games. That offseason, he signed with the Warriors and joined the team for its run of three championships in five years. Along the way, he served as a steadying, veteran presence off the bench. “I wasn’t supposed to be here,” he wrote. “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.” 

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