WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. - Shaun Livingston is on crutches.
But he says don't worry about it.
"It looks worse than it is. Just a toe sprain," said Livingston. "Three weeks I've got to wear this big boot and carry it around. That's the worse part of it."
Livingston's toe injury is about the only thing that has gone wrong for him this summer. Last week he finalized a multi-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
He's played for nine teams in a ten-year career, so this deal brings stability.
"Bouncing around, year to year can be overwhelming," said Livingston, who was drafted in 2004 by the LA Clippers. "But to have a chance to be with a team for three years, I couldn't ask for a better place to be."
The Pride of Peoria basketball clinic has 390 kids in his camp this week, that's 100 more a year ago. Bad toe or not, Livingston's determined to give back to his basketball-loving community.
"Being able to teach the kids that you have to be able to do the basics before you can move on to being advanced. It's not all about the running and dunking," said Livingston. "It's more about the fundamentals of the game and that's what we're trying to teach."
Just because he's on crutches and wearing a protective boot doesn't mean the 6-7 guard will go easy on his camp kids this week. After all, he's from Peoria.
"They'll hear my voice. They'll definitely hear my voice," said Livingston with a grin. "I'll be more like the old Peoria coaches. The Dick Van Scyoc's, Wayne McClain's, (Chuck) Buescher's. They'll definitely hear my voice, for sure."
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