Shaun Livingston’s Road Back
Shaun Livingston turns 31 today and is still in the league. Being 31 in the league doesn’t sound so shocking for a player drafted #5 right out of high school, especially since the former Mr Illinois basketball was arguably the best player in the nation. But being 31 in the league, 10 years after suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in basketball history is shocking. When Livingston dislocated his kneecap and tore just about everything that could be torn, he wasn’t just fearful of ending his career at the age of 21, he was fearful he was going to lose his leg.
Thankfully, he got to keep his leg, continue his career and after bouncing around with 9 teams in 6 years, he found a home in Golden State. And with the Warriors, he played a career-high number of games in a season (78 twice) and won a NBA championship. It’s an amazing success story that’s still being written.
So happy birthday Shaun, congrats again on the return, the ring and I’m glad you didn’t go to Duke.