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Warriors’ Shaun Livingston will consider retiring after NBA Finals loss

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Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston is contemplating retirement.

This was what Livingston confided to ESPN senior NBA writer Marc J. Spears in the aftermath of the 2019 NBA Finals.

The 33-year-old Livingston made his plans known two months ago. He said a series of injuries made him think about retirement, per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater (via SFGate.com’s Eric Ting).

It’s just all the signs on the wall. And just more so from a physical standpoint. If I’m healthy and having fun, then I want to play.

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. It’s more just for my knee. Rehab. Just showing up to the game and my knee is, like, softball (-sized) swollen.

As a member of the Los Angeles Clippers in February of 2007, Livingston sustained “a gruesome knee injury in which he tore his ACL, MCL, and lateral meniscus,” per Ting. It was so severe, a doctor warned Livingston his leg could be amputated.

Livingston eventually resumed basketball-related activities in June of 2008. Livingston then played for seven teams (Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brooklyn Nets) before signing with the Warriors in 2014. The rest, as they say, is history.

Livingston won three championship rings with Golden State in 2015, 2017, and 2018 in a backup role. It hasn’t been a smooth ride for him, but his patience has paid dividends in the end. Will Livingston hang up his sneakers? Stay tuned.