Shaun Livingston says he could retire after this season
It looks like a longtime member of the Golden State Warriors may be thinking of retirement.
Shaun Livingston, who has been with the franchise since they won their first NBA title during this dynasty run back in 2014-15, recently insinuated that he could retire after the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
Via The Athletic:
"It's just all the signs on the wall," he said. "And just more so from a physical standpoint. If I'm healthy and having fun, then I want to play.
Like, I put so much work in my body just to get back to playing basketball, let alone get to this point where I'm at.
So now that it's getting harder. Like this year, I've struggled with injuries more than any other year I've been on the Warriors," he said. "It's more just for my knee. Rehab. Just showing up to the game and my knee is, like, softball(-sized) swollen."
The injury Livingston is referring to in that quote is the 2007 injury that he suffered. That would be when he tore his ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus. Furthermore, he also sprained his MCL and dislocated his patella and tibio-fibular joint.
Not only did Livingston recover and return from that injury, he is still going strong 12 years later. The 33-year-old has played a sizable role on all four of the Warriors' Finals appearances over the past few years, averaging anywhere from 15-to-20 minutes per game since the 2014-15 season.
Despite having served a journeyman career while playing for nine different teams, Livingston has played 15 years in the NBA after entering the league as the fourth overall draft choice of the 2004 NBA Draft straight out of high school. He's appeared in 830 games during his NBA career.
If Livingston does decide to call it a career, it might signal the end of the Warriors' run. That would be because both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are also due to become free agents this year.
The shooting guard has one year left on his contract, but only $2 million of that $8 million is guaranteed for next season.
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