Shaun Livingston is retiring from the NBA after a 15-year career that included three championships with Golden State
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Shaun Livingston retires from the NBA
Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) - September 14, 2019 - 10:50am

MANILA, Philippines — Three-time champion Shaun Livingston announced his retirement in the NBA on Friday.

After 15 years in the league, the Golden State Warrior is hanging up his jerseys for good.

Taking to his personal Instagram account, Livingston penned a lengthy farewell to the game.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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"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," 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," he added.

The 34-year-old also expressed gratitude to the different people who have inspired him in his journey.

The cager's former teammates in the Warriors expressed their support for Livingston.

"The definition of a warrior, thank you for being the best leader and teammate. Enjoy retirement my guy," Klay Thompson wrote.

Zaza Pachulia and Leandro Barbosa also commented on Livingston's post.

Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers also released a statement on Livingston's retirement.

"Shaun Livingston's story is one of the most inspirational in the history of professional sports... He represents everything that you'd want in a professional athlete," Myers said.

Livingston won all his three titles with the Warriors in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

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