OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - After 15 years in the NBA, Warriors point guard Shaun Livingston is hanging up his jersey.
Livingston who's spent the past five seasons with Golden State and was an integral part in helping the team win three championships, announced his retirement on social media Friday morning.
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 🍷
The Warriors waived the veteran guard in early July to cut costs and make space for younger athletes.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the 34-year-old had hoped to play a 16th season in the NBA.
Sources: Warriors are waiving guard Shaun Livingston, who is guaranteed $2M of his $7.7M salary for season. Livingston, 33, is determined to continue playing and becomes one more valuable free agent candidate for contenders. He's won three NBA titles and reached five Finals.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 10, 2019
Drafted by the Clippers in 2004, Livingston spent three years in Los Angeles before suffering a debilitating knee injury in 2007, Sports Illustrated reports.
Livingston made his comeback in 2008 after signing a two-year deal with Miami Heat. He played briefly for the Thunder, Bucks, Cavilaire, Wizards, and Nets before landing a deal with the Warriors in 2014.