March 29, 2009 |
With a little juke and a fast first step, Shaun Livingston was gone. His defender was left at the three-point line while Livingston zoomed down a wide-open lane for a right-handed throwdown. For some players, it would have been just another dunk in a season filled with them. For Livingston, it was a giant leap forward in his bid to resurrect an NBA career that was nearly cut short when he was 21. Not only did Livingston launch himself into the air by pushing off with the same left knee that disintegrated in a gruesome and freakish play two years ago. He also returned to the hardwood with his legs still supporting him. And the best news of all: He didn't feel the slightest bit of pain.
November 30, 2008 |
He was standing, in civilian garb, in the Staples Center corridor outside the visitors' locker room. But even if Miami Heat point guard Shaun Livingston was inactive for Saturday night's game against his former Clippers teammates, simply seeing him back in his old haunt was one of those feel-good NBA moments. It had nothing to do with winning or losing. "It's great," Livingston said before the game. "Memories. Memories, just talking to guys, mostly the staff. You know, this is a new team.
July 1, 2008 |
Shaun Livingston, still recovering from a devastating knee injury suffered in 2007, and Paul Davis will become unrestricted free agents today when the Clippers decline to extend them qualifying offers. "We are optimistic about Shaun's ultimate return, but under the circumstances, we think it would be best to continue to monitor his progress while determining how best to move forward on his long-term status," Clippers President Andy Roeser said.
April 8, 2008 |
They were sometimes side by side, other times crisscrossing from trainer's table to physical therapy and back again. One is playing. One is still rehabbing. But now Shaun Livingston is looking to Elton Brand's healthy return from a ruptured Achilles' tendon for motivation. "It's inspiring to me," Livingston said. "And it also sheds some light and hope on coming out and playing."
March 9, 2008 |
The frustration of a dismal season was evident in Chris Kaman's recent words and is now spreading. Two other veterans voiced similar concerns about the way the team is playing. Leading scorer Corey Maggette cited injuries to players beyond Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston as a deterrent, but said that the team should be playing better than its overall record reflects. "It's just tough right now," Maggette said. "We don't have a lot of guys playing the right way." In the Clippers' 37-point loss to the Lakers on Friday, point guard Dan Dickau made his first start of the season.
March 8, 2008 |
An examination of Shaun Livingston's surgically repaired knee revealed tendinitis, seriously jeopardizing his chances of returning to the court this season. Dr. James Andrews, who performed Livingston's surgery, recommended that he scale back his on-court activities for four weeks, but said that Livingston was expected to make a full recovery. "It's an obstacle," Livingston said. "It's not smooth. Then again, what was about this injury?