Livingston Comeback

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Benoit_Benjamin
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According to the most recent ESPN the magazine, there is news concerning Shaun Livingston. I can't find a link on the net but this is what I read.

I like that he may be ready for camp...but don't know how to feel about him thinking he's going to test the free agent market.

david
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Wow- that's pretty awesome. I had a feeling that he'd be better sooner than expected after seeing pictures of him walking around without crutches. So maybe we don't need to draft a PG after all.

As far as the free agency thing- he's probably just thinking that the Clippers aren't going to give him an extension. That's probably fair to both sides- the Clippers can't commit tons of money on him and see him get injured again- they need to see if he can hold up for an entire season. On the other end of it he probably doesn't want to be low-balled into a cheap long term contract if he does come back strong next season.

jlemmen43
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Yeah...it's Trail By Fire time for Livingston. He has to prove he was worth drafting, and he knows it.

toohipcliptoslip
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It looks like my orthopedist buddies may be wrong THANK GOD!!!!!!

JamFan
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Free Agency? Test the waters? You got to be kidding me. There could not be a worse time to try that than after spending you first 3 years in the league mostly in rehab from terrible injuries, especially while you are still sporting a frail looking body. He might be lucky to even get an extension offer from the Clips who still like Shaun. Nobody will offer him big money or long term money. At least not until he can prove he can play at least a couple of seasons without injury.

toohipcliptoslip
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Sometimes I can be the Ayatollah of Overstatement (GS/Bulls) but this is straight up. I work in the medical field in LA and I've seen a lot of bad knees, none like that and I talked to some orthopedists and some other Docs and they've never seen one like his. There is also a "Grapevine" in LA. A reliable source told me he'd never play again. I REALLY hope they're wrong. World class athletes can amaze us all but...

david
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Bah- what do you orthopedist and medical field pros know! Wink

I think being so young definitely helps Shaun. The question now may be will he be ready by training camp???

david
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BTW here's a video clip of Shaun thanking the fans for their support:

SteelLAC2010
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I wish Shaun the best of luck Shaun if you read this I'm a clipper fan and I'm praying for you buddy. Get well soon.

TGMosesVI
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Any one have any news on Shaun's condition? I know it's still early and Shaun needs a lot of time for his wounds to heal, but any helpful info would be appreciated. A lot of experts and doctors wrote Livingston's career off - but come on, I'm sure you can name more than a few inspirational comebacks coming back from seemingly career ending injuries.

Is there a possibility he'll be able to suit up at the start of the season?

david
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Toohip seems to have some insider info that he won't be ready for the coming season Sad

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BTW here's an article recently in the OC Register on Shaun's progress- sounds like he's making progress:


Three months ago, Shaun Livingston suffered what Clippers team physician Tony Daly described as the most catastrophic knee injury he has seen in his 24 years attending to NBA players. It was feared that the devastation to Livingston's left knee could be career-ending.

But for the past two weeks, Livingston has been working out four days a week as he attempts to return from the frightful injury that saw him tear three ligaments, in addition to dislocating his kneecap.

His spirits remain high. Still three months shy of turning 22, Livingston said there is no doubt in his mind that he will be back.

"It's just not me to think that way," he said Wednesday. "I'm so young that I look at it like being a little kid that falls down. It hurts, but you just get back up and keep playing. Even though it was a severe injury, I feel I'll be back. Obviously, there are no guarantees, and by chance if that doesn't happen, I'll deal with it when it comes."

For now, Livingston's workouts include upper-body weight training. It will be awhile before he is cleared to begin straightaway running. But Livingston said his goal is to return at some point next season. He will continue his workout and rehabilitation regiment before taking a week's respite in August to conduct the second annual Shaun Livingston basketball camp in Peoria, Ill.

"I'm taking my time. It's still early, and I have a lot of time," Livingston said after his 90-minute session with Clippers assistant trainer Johan Wang.

Livingston missed the final 25 games this past season, and the most conservative prognosis for his recovery initially was that he would miss the entire 2007-08 season. But Livingston started rehabilitation even before his surgery, which was performed March 13 in Birmingham, Ala. The rehabilitation has continued, and Livingston also is examined weekly by Daly.

"Right now I can perform normal, everyday activities," Livingston said. "But the knee is still swollen, and I still have a long way to go before I can do the things that I need to do on the basketball court, like cut, plant and jump."

Livingston has been out of the public eye for the most part since his injury occurred Feb. 26 in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Livingston said he stayed largely out of view purposely. His only appearance thereafter at Staples Center came when he addressed Clippers fans before the team's final home game April 18.

"I just needed to gather my thoughts," Livingston said. "But at the same time, I still wanted to be supportive of my teammates."

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/sp ... 721593.php

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