Shaun Livingston’s Road to Recovery July 29, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.
In today’s edition of The Los Angeles Times, there is an article on the Clippers point guard Shaun Livingston and his tough road to recovery.
Livingston, who’s only 21, suffered the worst knee injury in NBA history 5 months ago, tearing the ACL, MCL, and PCL in his left knee. The injury which can be seen here, is definately one of the worst injuries I have ever seen, and makes you wince each and every time you view it.
It was surprising to read that Livingston thought it was only a dislocated knee when the injury first occured, thinking he would be back in 4 weeks. The injury was worse than he thought however, when doctors told him that he might have to have part of his left leg amputated.
The test for nerve damage came back negative luckily, and Livingston was able to resume rehab after the surgery was completed. Now, five months after the injury occured, there is still no jumping or sprinting incorporated in his workouts. As of right now, he’s just riding a stationary bike and doing lunges from side to side. Livingston is ahead of schedule however.
Livingston is very determined to get back on the court stating, “Not playing again is a scenario that I guess could happen. Instead of thinking that way though, I’m thinking more about taking my game to new heights.”
I really hope Livingston can fully recover from this injury. This was a horrible situation to endure for a young athlete in the beginning stages of his career. If the injury does slow him down a bit, I don’t think that it will drastically affect Livingston’s game. He’s a very smart player and a true point guard that doesn’t have to rely on athleticism. I just hope he gets a chance to prove himself before an organization like the Clippers gives up on him.