Bob Myers shares awesome Shaun Livingston story from five years ago

Drew Shiller
NBC Sports BayArea

Bob Myers shares awesome Shaun Livingston story from five years ago originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

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Shaun Livingston was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He entered the Association straight out of high school and had "multiple-time All-Star" written all over him.

But a gruesome knee injury in February 2007 changed everything.

He missed the entire 2007-08 season and then bounced around the league for the next five seasons. Livingston was solid with the Cavs at the end of the 2012-13 campaign and then had a great year with Brooklyn in 2013-14 before entering free agency again.

He struck gold with the Warriors, who gave him a three-year deal worth about $16.6 million.

Over the last five years, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr has repeatedly included Livingston whenever he discusses the franchise's "core players."

Warriors GM Bob Myers recently told a great story about the 33-year old when discussing the team's personalities and second-to-none culture.

"Shaun Livingston. We tried to get him the year before -- he signed with Brooklyn pretty quickly. He was emerging as a guy you could count on. His injuries were somewhat behind him," Myers said Friday evening on KNBR 680. "And I remember we signed Shaun Livingston [five years ago] and I was at Casa del Mar [hotel] in LA.

"And I'll never forget this. I heard Shaun was a great guy. I had seen him play and we had scouted him. We knew who he was.

"He sits down across from me and I said, 'Hey man. Thanks for coming over.' We had signed him the day before. The first thing he said to me was, 'Tell me what I can do for the team.' And I was sitting there going, 'Are you kidding me?' What NBA player (says that)?

"That's all part of it. Shaun's a big part of this."

In July 2017, the Warriors rewarded Livingston with another three-year contract. The third year -- the 2019-20 season -- is worth about $7.7 million, but only $2 million is guaranteed.

This partly explains why the 33-year old is seriously contemplating retiring at season's end.

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No matter what he elects to do, it's been a helluva ride for Livingston. He has been instrumental in helping establish a dynasty, and just might walk away from the game with four rings.

As Myers would say: "Are you kidding me?"

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