Shaun Livingston was an integral part of the Golden State Warriors’ three championships in the past five years. Before that though, Livingston was the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft that suffered a gruesome leg injury 13 years ago.
On the anniversary of the injury, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr took to Twitter to express his admiration for his former point guard.
One of the best people I've ever been around. The resilience to come back from that injury and play & lead at such a high level was remarkable. https://t.co/8YQ0sXyXXJ
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) April 12, 2020
The injury in question forced Shaun Livingston to have to learn how to walk again after tearing his ACL, PCL and MCL. Once an exciting young prospect, the injury drastically changed the trajectory of his career.
Livingston retired from the NBA in September 2019 after 15 seasons in the NBA with nine different teams. Livingston spent the last five years of his career with the Warriors where he averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in 17.5 minutes a contest.
Prior to his infamous injury, a young Livingston was emerging as a solid player for the Los Angeles Clippers and was putting up 9.3 points, 5.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game in 2006-07.
Playing an important role as Stephen Curry’s backup, Livingston was imperative to Golden State’s success during their many playoff runs. In his Warriors playoff career, Livingston averaged 5.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting an efficient 51.1 percent from the field.
Livingston even made seven starts for the Warriors during the 2015-16 playoffs and scored a playoff career-high of 20 points with four rebounds and three assists in game one of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.