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Bob Myers shares awesome Shaun Livingston story from five years ago

Bob Myers shares awesome Shaun Livingston story from five years ago

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Shaun Livingston was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He entered the Association straight out of high school and had "multiple-time All-Star" written all over him.

But a gruesome knee injury in February 2007 changed everything.

He missed the entire 2007-08 season and then bounced around the league for the next five seasons. Livingston was solid with the Cavs at the end of the 2012-13 campaign and then had a great year with Brooklyn in 2013-14 before entering free agency again.

He struck gold with the Warriors, who gave him a three-year deal worth about $16.6 million.

Over the last five years, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr has repeatedly included Livingston whenever he discusses the franchise's "core players."

Warriors GM Bob Myers recently told a great story about the 33-year old when discussing the team's personalities and second-to-none culture.

"Shaun Livingston. We tried to get him the year before -- he signed with Brooklyn pretty quickly. He was emerging as a guy you could count on. His injuries were somewhat behind him," Myers said Friday evening on KNBR 680. "And I remember we signed Shaun Livingston [five years ago] and I was at Casa del Mar [hotel] in LA.

"And I'll never forget this. I heard Shaun was a great guy. I had seen him play and we had scouted him. We knew who he was.

"He sits down across from me and I said, 'Hey man. Thanks for coming over.' We had signed him the day before. The first thing he said to me was, 'Tell me what I can do for the team.' And I was sitting there going, 'Are you kidding me?' What NBA player (says that)?

"That's all part of it. Shaun's a big part of this."

In July 2017, the Warriors rewarded Livingston with another three-year contract. The third year -- the 2019-20 season -- is worth about $7.7 million, but only $2 million is guaranteed.

This partly explains why the 33-year old is seriously contemplating retiring at season's end.

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No matter what he elects to do, it's been a helluva ride for Livingston. He has been instrumental in helping establish a dynasty, and just might walk away from the game with four rings.

As Myers would say: "Are you kidding me?"

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Is Jordan Poole-Zendaya date happening? Warriors rookie says he's trying

Is Jordan Poole-Zendaya date happening? Warriors rookie says he's trying

Jordan Poole isn't about to give up on his dream date.

The Warriors rookie shot his shot five days ago, and now he's going to try to get that date with actress and singer Zendaya.

"We're about to see," Poole told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock at the House of Highlights camp in Hayward on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Klay Thompson's girlfriend Laura Harrier posted cute photos on Instagram of the couple in London. Zendaya, who is from Oakland, commented on the post.

That's when Poole slid into the comments and tried to score a double date with Zendaya.

Poole's daring ask definitely caught everyone's attention, though it didn't draw a response from Zendaya.

Poole spent a good portion of the week with Klay Thompson in Newport Beach at the Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament, but he didn't consult with the All-Star shooting guard on trying to set up the double date.

"Nah, it was a freestyle," Poole said.

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If Poole knows how he's going to lock down the double date, he's not divulging details. He played coy when asked for his plan.

"We'll see," Poole said. "We'll find out."

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

All the national pundits and talking heads have danced on the grave of the Warriors' dynasty.

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, and Klay Thompson out for a large portion of the upcoming season after ACL surgery, most believe the Warriors' reign of dominance is over.

But Thompson isn't listening to the noise. The Warriors might be down, but they aren't out.

"The dynasty ain't over," Klay said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's far from over."

After five season atop the NBA mountain, the Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the title, and they will look vastly different this season.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Super Death Lineup this is not.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-four playoff seeds in the West last season.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract in the offseason.

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As Green said last week, no one will want to face the Warriors in the playoffs. That will be especially true if Thompson is 100 percent in April.

Durant isn't around anymore, but the dynasty isn't dead until Curry, Thompson and Green say it is.