Warriors’ 3-Time NBA Champion Guard Announces Retirement

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Getty Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors directs his team against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on April 05, 2019 in Oakland, California.

Shaun Livingston has officially retired from the NBA.

Livingston announced his decision through social media on Instagram and Twitter, posting the following on Friday morning.

The 34-year-old veteran played 15 years in the NBA, initially being selected in the first-round out of Stanford. Although he was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers, he’s best known for his tenure with the Golden State Warriors.

Livingston signed with the Warriors on a modest three-year, $16 million deal in 2014 and ended up winning three titles with the franchise.

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Shaun Livingston Had Considered Retirement Back in June

The veteran guard had stated months prior that he was unsure whether or not he wanted to continue playing — which is probably why he was still an unrestricted free agent in mid-September after being waived by the team in July.

Although Livingston had stated he was unsure on a return for a 16th season back in June, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN had reported back in July that “his intention” was to return for another season.

“The Golden State Warriors waived three-time championship guard Shaun Livingston, but sources told ESPN his intention remains to return for a 16th season in the NBA,” said Wojnarowski back in July.

Shaun Livingston’s Career Was Supposed to Be Over in 2007

The 6-foot-7 Livingston had quite the career — and a comeback for the ages. Originally hailed as a star entering the NBA Draft, he ended up carving out a career as a role player. Normally, that would be disappointing for most lottery picks — but it was a miracle Livingston even continued playing.

This was due to an incident that occurred back in 2007, when Livingston suffered one of the worst injuries in NBA history when he tore his ACL, PCL and lateral meniscus. It was so bad, that when replays were shown on ESPNNews, they had to warn viewers in advance of the horrific nature of the injury.

Despite the setback, the former No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft eventually made a return and appeared in 12 games during the 2008-09 season.

He would go on to play in 833 games and made 191 starts while playing for nine different NBA teams.

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