Shaun Livingston announces retirement from NBA

El guardia formó parte de la novena de Golden State cuando ganaron los tres anillos de campeones de la NBA

El guardia Shaun Livingston anunció su retiro como jugador de baloncesto profesional luego de 15 años de carrera en la NBA.

Livingston cortó relaciones con los Golden State Warriors, luego de que terminó la final de la NBA, en la que el quinteto de la bahía cayó derrotado por los Raptors de Toronto.

“Después de 15 años en la NBA, me siento emocionado, triste, afortunado y agradecido, todo al mismo tiempo. Es difícil poner en perspectiva todas las emociones que sientes cuando intentas cumplir tus sueños”, expresó Livingston.

“Con todo el tiempo que he pasado en la liga, de lo que más orgulloso me sentiré es del hecho de que mi carácter, valores y fe fueron comprobados, y de que siempre perseveré. A los amigos que me dijeron ‘ve y prueba el baloncesto de verdad’, gracias”.

El guardia pasó una parte de su carrera alejado del tabloncillo por lesiones en sus tobillos, motivo también por el que dijo adiós.

“Quien venció las dificultades entiende cuánto hay que esforzarse en una guerra contra los elementos. La ‘lesión’ me dio la oportunidad de probarme a mí mismo, y al mundo, que no me iban a definir las circunstancias que tuviera”.

El ex jugador de los Warriors posee números de 6.3 puntos por juego, 2.4 rebotes por duelo, 3.0 asistencias, 48.6% de puntos en tiros de campo y 17.8 en tiros de 3.

Además, formó parte de la novena de Golden State cuando ganaron los tres anillos de campeones de la NBA.

“A todos los fans y a todo el mundo que me inspiró en algún momento, me animó o incluso dijo cosas buenas sobre mí, ¡Gracias! ‘El mejor regalo que podemos dar es servir a otros”, finalizó en el comunicado al despedirse de los aficionados.

Shaun Livingston

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Former Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has called it a career in the NBA, making the news known Friday via posts on social media.

In his Instagram post, Livingston wrote the following: “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.”

In a statement, Warriors GM Bob Myers said the following: “Shaun Livingston’s story is one of the most inspirational in the history of professional sports. What he accomplished after suffering so many trials and tribulations early in his career is a true testament to who he is as a person, which has always been characterized by tremendous class, grace and professionalism. He represents everything that you’d want in a professional athlete and, most importantly, in a human being. We appreciate what he did for our team and organization over the last five years, becoming a three-time NBA champion and a key figure on one of the best teams in NBA history. We wish him well as he begins the next phase in his life.”

Livingston won three championships with the Warriors and played 15 seasons in the NBA after being the No. 4 overall pick of the 2004 draft by the LA Clippers. His career was marked by his valuable backup role with the Warriors as well as a gruesome knee injury he suffered in the 2006-07 season against the Charlotte Hornets.

He is just the second player in NBA history to complete a tenure of at least five seasons with a team having made an NBA Finals appearance in each season, joining Tom Heinsohn, who did so in all nine of his seasons with the Boston Celtics from 1956-65.

In his career, Livingston averaged 6.3 points, 3 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game over 833 career games. He was waived by the Warriors in early July.