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Livingston explains his role within Warriors' front office

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Shaun Livingston's title within the Warriors' front office is director, players affairs and engagement.

So what exactly will the three-time NBA champion be doing on a daily basis?

"It's gonna be more of a hybrid role," he told reporters on a Tuesday afternoon conference call. "I'm coming in this first year, just trying to put my head down and really get to work on the other side of things. Learning about the other departments -- scouting, draft of course.

"But also working with the team, whether that's with rookies or young players or any of the players. Me playing in this same system under Steve (Kerr) -- just having a feel for the system -- and maybe being able to communicate that somewhat to the players.

"Or just to be there if they need any guidance or an outlet."

Does that mean he is going to be a fixture at practice? Does he want to be on the floor a lot?

"I do because that's where I come from -- the experience of playing," he said. "But I also want to be well-rounded and try to learn the ins and outs. In order to do that, just trying to figure out my weaknesses and how I can strengthen them.

"But my strengths will be on the court with some of the guys ... being able to pass down any type of information or knowledge or experience. I think that's where my value lies right now.

 

"But again, I want to see the big picture and what it all takes."

Oh he definitely has a tremendous amount of value in that department.

Livingston, who entered the NBA as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 draft, experienced some incredible highs and some devastating lows across 15 seasons in the league.

He missed the entire 2007-08 campaign after sustaining a career-threatening leg injury, and suited up for 11 G League games in 2008-09.

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But he persevered, was an integral component of the Warriors teams that reached five straight NBA Finals from 2015 to 2019, and earned about $32.6 million over that span.

The 35-year-old is extremely well respected by everybody around the NBA, and that should help him reach his ultimate goal of becoming a general manager.

No pressure, Shaun:

"I know I have a ways to go," he said Tuesday.

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