Shaun Livingston announces retirement from NBA
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Veteran guard Shaun Livingston announced his retirement from the NBA following 15 years in the league.

The 34-year-old was a free agent after being waived by the Golden State Warriors this offseason.

"I’m excited, sad, fortunate, and grateful all in one breath," Livingston wrote. "Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams."

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After 15 years in the NBA, I’m excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath. Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams. I wasn’t supposed to be here. Anybody that has beat the odds understands the mental and emotional strain it takes to inspire yourself on an uphill war, let alone inspire others. “The injury” gave me a chance to find and prove to myself (and the world) that I wouldn’t be defined by my circumstances. With my time in the League what I will be most proud of is the fact that my character, values and faith were tested, and I persevered. To my pops that told me to “go get the big ball” I THANK YOU. To my Grandpa that always showed me there was more to life than basketball I THANK YOU. To my Uncles that helped raise me like I was one of their own, THANK YOU. To my wife and kids...the future IS BRIGHTER than our past, and I couldn’t see myself taking on this chapter without you. To all of my teammates, coaches, TRAINERS, staff, my journey is a collection of experiences, and those of you that helped me along the way, THANK YOU! To all the fans and anybody else that inspired me, supported me, cheered for me, or even said good words about me, THANK YOU. “The greatest gift we can give is service to others” #Raiseaglass 🍷

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr paid tribute to Livingston on Friday night.

Livingston spent the last five seasons with the Warriors, playing a key role in their three NBA title runs.

The fourth overall selection in the 2004 draft averaged just 5.4 points on 52% shooting across 367 appearances for Golden State. However, his ability to guard multiple positions gave head coach Steve Kerr plenty of defensive flexibility.

Livingston had been contemplating retirement this past campaign, and his playing time and scoring were down from previous seasons.

The Illinois native had a promising start to his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers but suffered a horrific knee injury - tearing his ACL, MCL, PCL, and lateral meniscus - midway through his third season in the Association.

Livingston missed the entire 2007-08 campaign and bounced around the league for several years as he struggled to remain healthy. He eventually found a home with the Warriors in the 2014-15 season.

"I wasn’t supposed to be here," Livingston wrote. "Anybody that has beat the odds understands the mental and emotional strain it takes to inspire yourself on an uphill war, let alone inspire others.

"The injury gave me a chance to find and prove to myself (and the world) that I wouldn’t be defined by my circumstances."

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