Retired NBA player David West has nothing but good words to say to former Golden State Warriors teammate Shaun Livingston, who recently decided to hang his jersey and sneakers for good.
Livingston announced his retirement on Instagram, saying that he’s “excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath.” He spent 15 years in the league, seeing the most success with Golden State.
Livingston’s former teammates immediately gave their tributes to the point guard. West, in particular, called the 34-year-old guard “a legend” who is worth of admiration.
“Dot’s a legend,” David West said via text, per The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II. “He came back from an injury that would have sealed the fate of most players,” West said. “He had a determination that should be admired for years to come. Great teammate and even better person. Proud to call him a friend.”
The 34-year-old Livingston won three championship as a key role player for the Warriors. He started his career with the Los Angeles Clippers and made trips around the league. He made stops in Miami, Oklahoma City, Washington, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Brooklyn before finding a home in Golden State where he spent the past five seasons.
The Warriors had to waive Livingston this offseason as they revamped the roster following the departure of Kevin Durant. Despite that, however, there’s no doubt he’ll always be remembered and celebrated in the NBA for his success story — from his injury that almost ended his career to being a three-time NBA champion.