After the Warriors failed to land Kevin Love this off-season, their biggest pick-up in free agency was Shaun Livingston. Most remember him for the gruesome injury he suffered when he was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, but after bouncing around the league the last few years, Livingston was able to revitalize his career with the Brooklyn Nets last season. While his acquisition was not the big splash fans wanted, he dramatically improves the Warriors’ bench and his versatility will give Kerr various lineup options.
When Livingston was signed, the team believed he just had a sprained right big toe, but further test revealed he would require surgery to correct the problem. Livingston will be out for approximately six to eight weeks, so he should be ready for the season opener, but will be off to a slow start. He’s going to need some time to fully recover and get back into game shape. Barring any setback, Livingston should be ready by mid-October. There is no rush for him to return, especially with a full season ahead of him.
The Warriors released this press release earlier today:
SHAUN LIVINGSTON UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY ON RIGHT BIG TOE
Newly Signed Guard Expected To Be Out A Minimum Of Six-to-Eight Weeks
OAKLAND, CA – Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot earlier this week and is expected to be out a minimum of six-to-eight weeks, the team announced today.
The procedure, a debridement (cleaning out of debris) in his right big toe, was performed on Wednesday, August 13, by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, CA. As part of his rehabilitation from the surgery, Livingston will be in a splint for the first three weeks of his recovery.
Livingston, 28, signed with the Warriors as a free agent on July 11, 2014. At that time he was diagnosed with a sprained right big toe and his right foot was placed in a cast as part of treatment for the injury. During a re-evaluation last week, it was determined that the injury was still present.
The Warriors are scheduled to begin the upcoming regular season on Wednesday, October 29, at Sacramento. For more information on the Golden State Warriors 2014-15 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, please visit warriors.com.