Former Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut sent his congratulations to ex-teammates Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa for landing jobs with the organization. Livingston will reportedly return to Golden State with a front office role. Meanwhile, Barbosa is joining Steve Kerr’s staff as a player mentor coach.
Maybe we could get the Aussia big man to join the Warriors, too?
Seeing two beloved former players from their championship runs in Livingston and Barbosa return to the organization in some capacity should excite Dub Nation.
Livingston retired following the 2018-19 season, right after Golden State lost the 2019 NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors. S-Dot spent five seasons with the Warriors, where he made the Finals in each year and came away with three NBA titles. Livingston was a key veteran presence for them off the bench, where he turned in regular season averages of 5.4 points while shooting 52 percent from the field.
Barbosa, on the other hand, last played in the NBA in the 2016-17 season with the Phoenix Suns. He later played two more seasons in his home of Brazil, before officially retiring and moving onto this new gig with the Warriors.
The Brazilian Blur spent two seasons with the Warriors, where he made the Finals in both years. Barbosa is famous for declaring “we gonna be championship” before Golden State won its first title in four decades in 2015.
It’s honestly great to see former players land significant roles with their previous teams. Moves like these should sent a great signal to players around the league how well run the organization is and how they take care of their former players.