'I'm excited, sad, fortunate and grateful' — Livingston retires from NBA

Warrior vet and 3-time champ played 15 seasons

Karl Buscheck
September 13, 2019 - 8:52 am

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Shaun Livingston, the three-time NBA champion and member of the proverbial "Three Wise Men" (alongside Andre Iguodala and David West), has announced his retirement from the NBA.

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After 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 --

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Livingston, who spent the five seasons with Golden State, was waived this summer, as part of a cost-cutting roster reconstruction. In the wake of Livingston's announcement, Bob Myers, the Warriors President of Basketball Ops/GM, issued a statement, via the team.

“Shaun Livingston’s story is one of the most inspirational in the history of professional sports,” Myers said. “What he accomplished after suffering so many trials and tribulations early in his career is a true testament to who he is as a person, which has always been characterized by tremendous class, grace and professionalism. He represents everything that you’d want in a professional athlete and, most importantly, in a human being. We appreciate what he did for our team and organization over the last five years, becoming a three-time NBA champion and a key figure on one of the best teams in NBA history. We wish him well as he begins the next phase in his life.”

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