Former NBA point guard Shaun Livingston was honored this week when his hometown of Peoria, Illinois, named a street after the three-time champion.
Livingston, 34, retired after fifteen seasons playing professionally in September 2019. A native of the central Illinois city, Livingston entered the 2004 draft after attending the local high school and was selected with the fourth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Livingston suffered a terrible setback in February 2007 with an ACL injury that looked to be the end of his NBA career. However, the retired guard would have a tremendous recovery, playing for several teams before finding a semi-permanent home with the Golden State Warriors.
Livingston became a mainstay on the dynasty Warriors as two-time MVP point guard Stephen Curry’s backup, winning three titles with the Bay Area franchise.
The proud Peoria native said on the street naming that he tries to “inspire the youth,” according to Zach Hatcher in Central Illinois Proud.
“I don’t take this opportunity for granted, I know any decisions that I could have made could have led me down the wrong path and hopefully I was a light every time I came back to Peoria was to try to inspire the youth and let them know that there is more out there,” said Livingston.
Shaun Livingston was one of many departures from Golden State this past offseason including veteran wing Andre Iguodala, who was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in salary relief and continues to sit out for the emerging, young playoff team.
Besides Livingston and Iguodala, the Warriors also saw two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant leave in free agency and All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson go down with an ACL tear, likely missing the entire 2019-20 season.