Sunday, May 29, 2016

Throwbackz: Randy "Shaun" Livingston

Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, and Reggie Miller have all made the same mistake.

All three of these NBA on TNT analysts have accidentally referred to Golden State Warriors reserve guard Shaun Livingston as "Randy" Livingston.

Randy Livingston at famed Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, circa 1992

The casual basketball fan is aware of who Shaun Livingston is. He's Stephen Curry's backup and one of the best second-unit players in the NBA.

But who the hell is Randy Livingston?

Sadly, the idea of Randy Livingston that remains within the subconcious of NBA All-Stars from the 1990s never truly materialized in reality.

Randy made it to the NBA when he was drafted in 1996 out of Louisiana State University and was a professional basketball journeyman; playing for 12 different teams in 12 seasons, including stints in the Continental Basketball Association, D-League, and Turkey.

But before he arrived at LSU -- and devastatingly tore his ACL during his first official practice on campus -- Randy Livingston was touted as the best high school player in the country, and was destined for NBA stardom.  (Ironically, a gruesome knee injury derailed Shaun Livingston's career, although he has bounced back now with a solid niche roll off the Warriors bench.)

Livingston was the 2007 D-League player of the year, but was never what he could've been before the knee injury.

The 6-foot 4-inch point guard, who was the 1993 Gatorade National Player of the Year and McDonald's All-American, was featured in a national news story (video below) chronicling his early years growing up in the notorious Calliope projects in New Orleans, to starring at famed Isidore Newman School, where he was teammates with Cooper Manning; Peyton and Eli's older brother.

Friday, May 13, 2016

NBA TRASH TALK: 2016 NBA Playoffs Edition : Meanwhile, In The Offseason....

The Sacramento Kings hired former Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger.  No word yet on who will replace him once DeMarcus Cousins eventually tunes him out and turns the whole team and organization against him.
When your boss tells you to do something, but you know he'll lose his job before you do.

VIDEO:  Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverly was spotted working on his game --showcasing his relentless D and highlighting his long range shooting ability -- by playing some one-on-one versus a 12-year old girl.
Beverly is bringing nuance and innovation to off-season training by doing this because the league's premiere player, Stephen Curry, is in fact built like a pre-teen.

Can't wait to see the F.C. Utah Jazz wearing these new uniform alternates next year.
Picture Gordon Hayward in this, rocking shin guards and heading in an alley-oop, or making a side out-of-bounds two-handed overhead throw.

If you thought the NBA wasn't leaning towards putting ads on jerseys like they do in soccer, this is evidence to the contrary.