The Warriors are an annoying heap of talent that is dominating the NBA through some wild act of Steve Kerr-ery. But that doesn’t mean you can’t root for Golden State’s stringy backup point guard.
Before his breakthrough season with the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-2014, Livingston’s NBA life was one big tragedy.
Livingston was drafted out of high school by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2004 NBA draft. A 6-7 point guard, he was expected to eventually turn into an all-star.
But in his third season in the league—when it seemed he was beginning to settle into his own as a player—he tore up his entire leg in one of the most gruesome basketball injuries I’ve ever seen. You can watch here.
He tore his ACL, PCL, and badly sprained his MCL. He dislocated his knee. His leg basically snapped in half.
A doctor told him the best case scenario would be the ability to walk again, and the worst case scenario would be amputation.
He missed all of that season, obviously, and all of the next. After being medically cleared during the summer of 2008, he signed a contract with the Miami Heat but only played four games for them.
Over the next seven years, he played 245 games for six different teams: The Thunder, the Heat, the Bobcats, the Bucks, the Wizards and the Cavaliers.
After a productive year on the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-2014, he signed a contract with the Warriors for the beginning of last season.
He won a ring last year.
And last night, he dropped 20 points in an NBA Finals game.
Good for Shaun Livingston.
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