Kolmekordne NBA tšempion lõpetas karjääri

Shaun Livingston.

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Golden State Warriorsi mängumees Shaun Livingston teatas täna Instagrami vahendusel, et tõmbab enda pikale ning edukale karjäärile joone alla.

«Pärast pikki aastaid NBAs olen ma elevil, kurb, õnnelik ja tänulik ühel ning samal hetkel. Seda kõike on raske sõnadesse panna, mida tähendab kui oled enda unistuse täitnud,» kirjutas 34-aastane kossuäss.

Livingstone, kes krooniti Warriorsi särgis kolmel korral ka NBA meistriks (2014, 2015 ja 2018), alustas professionaalset sportlasteed 2004. aastal Los Angeles Clippersis.

Mehe karjäär sai tugeva löögi 2007. aastal, kui ta vigastas tõsiselt vasakut põlve. Trauma esialgne suurusjärk oli lausa nii hull, et arstid plaanisid jala amputeerida. Nii äärmustesse asi siiski ei läinud ning ameeriklane väljus mõõnaperioodist võitjana.

Lisaks Clippersile ja Warriorsile jõudis Livingstone esindada ka kaheksat teist meeskonda.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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