Did you have moments, when you discover a lot of things you never knew about a player. And you have to go through research just to validate your curiosity. “That can’t be him” or “How did he do it?”
7-5 years ago nobody would thought Shaun Livingston could go back to playing basketball. It’s just beyond comprehension when Shaun injured every part of his knee on a missed layup against the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets).
Tearing his ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament), PCL (Posterior cruciate ligament) and his lateral meniscus. Dislocating his patella and fibular joint or simply in layman’s term – any leg injury that you can possibly imagine. The doctors even thought of amputating his leg.
Imagine at 22 years old, with a bright future ahead and all of a sudden you encountered a freak accident that could potentially end your career, and might lose one of your legs in return. The physical pain might be bearable, but the emotional torture that you have to go through each and every day could really drain every inch of your soul.
Game one of the 2016 NBA finals, when the NBA MVP, Stephen Curry and his other splash Brother Klay Thompson, was clearly struggling, Shaun Livingston scored a career playoff high at 20 points and sparked an offensive run that delivered them the victory. It was no surprise about Shaun who had to reconstruct everything from his high flying days to a cerebral player capable of doing everything. All the countless therapies and rehabilitation. From playing to ten different NBA teams including a stint in the Dleague, from an inspiring franchise player to a role player… Shaun went through it all and become a totally better and different person. The experience can be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
At 6-foot-7 with a 6’11 wingspan he can play point, shooting guard or swing to small forward to play defense, he compliments whichever teammates are on the floor. When his long range shots are not sinking, he goes to his bread and butter which is the midrange shots.
From beyond the tragedy, to winning a championship, through pains and happiness, the value of experience is not seeing much, but in seeing wisely.
Basketball is still 90 percent mental.