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Steve Kerr hopes Shaun Livingston is involved with Warriors for years

Steve Kerr hopes Shaun Livingston is involved with Warriors for years

The Warriors had a number of departures this offseason, but the losses of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston sting the heart more than most. 

Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in order to clear enough room to sign D'Angelo Russell, and Livingston, 33, was waived, leaving the Warriors without two of their most beloved veteran leaders.

While Livingston's exit from the Bay was forecasted for quite some time, that doesn't mean it wasn't hard for head coach Steve Kerr to say goodbye to one of the instrumental players of the Warriors dynasty. 

"It's something we anticipated because of his age, his contract situation," Kerr told LetsGoWarriors at Team USA's practice in LA. "I was prepared for that one, but it's still a huge loss from a leadership standpoint. Shaun is one of those people that you just want to be with in any circumstance. He's smart, funny and humble. He's just a great human being. He also happens to be a hell of a basketball player and a good teammate. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed my five years with Shaun."

Livingston currently is a free agent, but many assume the veteran guard will call it a career and hang up his sneakers. Whenever Livingston decides he's done, Kerr wouldn't mind seeing him around the Warriors in some capacity.

"He's somebody I'm hoping can be involved with our organization for many years to come," Kerr said. "That would be the plan if we can pull it off, but he's got to get away right now and get some freedom, enjoy his family before he figures out what's next."

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Livingston arrived in the Bay before the 2014-15 season. During his five seasons with the Warriors, he averaged 5.4 points per game on 52 percent shooting, but his impact on one of the greatest runs in NBA history goes far beyond the stat sheet.

Assistant coach Shaun Livingston doesn't have a bad ring to it.

NBA players 'enjoy' Steph Curry being out, Giannis Antetokounmpo says

NBA players 'enjoy' Steph Curry being out, Giannis Antetokounmpo says

Steph Curry and the Warriors ran roughshod over the NBA for five years, reaching five consecutive NBA Finals and putting together the league’s greatest regular season ever with 73 wins in 2015-16.

The 2019-20 season has not gone quite the same for Golden State, as Curry remains out since suffering a broken hand on Oct. 30. The Warriors now own the league’s worst record at the All-Star break.

It’s safe to say players around the NBA haven’t exactly sympathized with the organization’s precipitous downturn.

"Let me be honest with you," Giannis told reporters Saturday during NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago. "The players, we kind of enjoy that he's not playing -- not enjoy that he's hurt. We want him to be healthy, but he just makes it way, way tougher for the rest of the league."

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It’s not the first time players have publicly stated their appreciation for the Warriors no longer being the unstoppable force they became in the 2010s.

The guard definitely has made life more difficult for defenders over the years, as Curry owns four first-team All-NBA honors as well as the most 3-point field goals among active NBA players.

Curry is aiming to return to the court in early March, and the Warriors will play the Bucks on March 14. Antetokounmpo’s reprieve from facing the two-time MVP might not last much longer, then. 

Why Hawks star Trae Young doesn't mind hearing Steph Curry comparisons

Why Hawks star Trae Young doesn't mind hearing Steph Curry comparisons

If you had a dollar every time someone compared Steph Curry to Trae Young, you'd have a lot of dollars. 

It's an obvious comparison. The Warriors star and the face of the Atlanta Hawks are electric, undersized point guards who can drain shots from just about anywhere on the court. 

Young surely has heard of the similarities countless times, but that doesn't mean he minds the reminder. 

"Who wouldn't want to be compared to MVP and a guy like that," the 21-year-old told reporters Friday ahead of the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. "I don't necessarily get into all that. I don't mind it. I'm glad I'm getting compared to a guy like him than somebody else. It's not a bad thing."

Curry has missed all but four games this season after breaking his left hand a day before Halloween. The two-time MVP will be re-evaluated March 1, and he'll return to the court soon after. 

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard arguably has seized the reigns as the NBA's most ridiculous shot-maker in Curry's absence -- seriously, just look at the Oakland native's game logs since the start of 2020 -- but Young isn't far behind. Young is averaging 29.7 points per game and making 36.9 percent of his 3-point shots. 

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He's not quite Curry, of course. The three-time NBA champion has never shot worse than 40 percent from deep in a season in which he played at least 50 games. Curry could retire today as the NBA's fifth-most proficient 3-point shooter (43.5 percent), while Young didn't even cross the 40 percent threshold in his one year at the University of Oklahoma. 

Young's cabinets are missing the hardware that fills Curry's, too. But being mentioned in the same breath at this point in his career? That's more than enough for Young right now.