The Golden State Warriors are heading in a new direction with the 2019-20 season on its last legs. For the first time in five years, the Dubs will be watching the NBA finals from home as they were the worst team in the league.
However, the Warriors are utilizing this time in strengthening their management. They have always been known to consider former players to fill out spots in the front office. This fact stands true till date, the Warriors have hired Shaun Livingston as their director of player affairs and engagement.
The 35-year-old was a key part of the epic championship run from 2015-2019, where he won three rings with the franchise. Recently, Livingston featured in the ‘Running Plays’ podcast as a guest. Where he was asked about his favorite performance during his tenure with the Dubs.
The three-time champ picked up his performance in Game 1 of the WCF vs the Rockets back in 2015.
“That one for me was kind of like, ‘OK. This is what I’ve been waiting for’. Being at this moment, to have this impact at this level. That’s what I dreamed of going through all my rehab. And it wasn’t anything incredible or sensational. But having the impact, and we pulled the win out. And it’s a win we really need, and it affects the series.”
In honor of Shaun Livingston joining the Warriors’ front office this week— don’t ever forget when he scored 14 points in the 2nd quarter of Game 1 of the 2015 West Finals to help turn a 16-point Warriors deficit into a 3-point halftime lead … pic.twitter.com/NEhzeyP2g4
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) September 18, 2020
As Livingston said, it was a series-changer game for the Warriors as they went on to clinch a berth in the NBA finals in just five games. Moreover, Shaun produced 8.2 points on 48.8% FG% off the bench for the Warriors during that playoff run, which was a key factor in their championship run.
Will the Golden State Warriors revisit the NBA finals?
Prior to the 2019-20 NBA season, it was all about the Warriors in the Western Conference. But things have changed now with the addition of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard in the conference.
In fact, next season has the potential to be one of the best seasons in NBA history. What’s the reason behind that? Well, in simple words – The End of the Warriors Dynasty. With Kevin Durant playing for the Nets, the balance of power has shifted to the neutral zone for the first time in three years.
The Warriors might no longer have a cakewalk to the NBA finals as they have many hurdles along the way. But with Steph and Klay fully rested, you never know what can happen.
Do you think the Warriors will win another ring soon? Or is it the end of the line for them?
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