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Shaun Livingston's sick baseline slam

Shaun Livingston had been back to Staples Centers two times since his gruesome left knee injury more than three years ago. But since coming back, Livingston has never made quite the statement that he did against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, when he dunked on Pau Gasol.

Livingston's baseline, double-pump slam was incredible because it was unexpected and displayed that he hasn't lost all of his athleticism. He has probably had other dunks over the past two years, but there haven't been any that produced the response he got from an impressed pro-Lakers crowd. Gasol probably had to give him props on that one.

Livingston still has some work to do on the landing, but why nitpick?


By Michael Lee  |  March 23, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
 
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Invite this guy to camp next year. You don't have to say it publicly but as a potential back up at pg, only cut him if another backup outperforms him.

Posted by: millineumman | March 23, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

He is a SOLID player. it's just a matter of conditioning and getting a rhythm with teammates and staying healthy. I think he could be the perfect complement to Gilbert when he comes back next year. You ready for this? pg-livingston sg- arenas sf-thornton pf-Blatche pf- DeMarcus Cousins!? With mike miller, foye, mcgee, nick young, and sign another good big man (Amare?) and our team is nasty again

Posted by: mm824 | March 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

keep him!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | March 23, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Give him a max deal. He's the future of the franchise! Woo-hoo!

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Your reaching, for humor.

Posted by: millineumman | March 23, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I think he could be the perfect complement to Gilbert when he comes back next year.

Posted by: mm824 | March 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Shaun can borrow Gil’s parachute and the two of them can work out together?

Why would anyone want Gil back on this team next year?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 23, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Kalo -6 years, $115 million, minimum.

We can then find a bunch of other D-leaguers to support him, Blatche, McGee, Nick, Arenas, Gee, Thornton and our draft picks.

We should be able to make the playoffs in 4 years.

Just kidding of course, but no reason not be hopeful that we can sign him to a reasonable deal and use his talents along the way, while hoping he continues to make a great comeback.

Posted by: Blurred | March 23, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"Livingston still has some work to do on the landing, but why nitpick?" -- Michael Lee, March 23, 2010, 10:18 A.M. ET

Because that's what you do, Mike. Would you ever post anything Wizards-related without finding the cloud surrounding the silver lining.

Posted by: Fief1 | March 23, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Give him a max deal. He's the future of the franchise! Woo-hoo!

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

LOL. Funny kalo.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

LIVINGSTON for CRITTENTON. Out with the old and in with the new. SINGLETON for OBERTO. Out with the OLDberto and in with the new.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

What's significant with LIVINGSTON and OBERTO is that there is no contract for next season. New ownership and/or management is not tied down with either. But they're showing they have a role to play off the bench in D.C. next season, and they may get offers from elsewhere if not signed at the end of this one. They both appear to be willing future WIZARDS at this point.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I notice the Celts are now 24-12 on the road, second best in the NBA. Garnett may not be the player he used to be, but Rondo and Perkins are better than they were, and this team may surprise some clubs in the playoffs.

I'm with Ainge in the belief that young players get better by playing with older, more experienced players. You can put a couple inexperienced players in a lineup, but if you get to say, three in at once, they cease to improve much.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 23, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Livingston is listed at 6'7" so if he can't dunk there is something wrong knee injury or not. I would be more impressed if he was a solid three point shooter say about 40% or so which the current Wizard team doesn't have on it's roster.

Posted by: dandyhuffman | March 23, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

wizards are now mathmatically eliminated from the playoffs but lets continue to develop players that are definitely here next year. Blatche, McGee, Young, Thornton. Continue to play hard. We can still win 2 games without changing our draft order since detroit swept us.

Posted by: jefferu | March 23, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Sarcasm and cynicism aside, it's nice to see this display of atheleticism from SL. He'd already established that he had fine court sense and natural pg sensibility, and that he could shoot.

I say the only reason to cut him next year is a significant injury. Make this guy part of your plans and let him know. (Yes, I know being reserved can help keep salaries down, but I think there's value in letting guys know they're part of the team.)

Posted by: 7snider7 | March 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"I would be more impressed if he was a solid three point shooter say about 40% or so which the current Wizard team doesn't have on it's roster."
Mike miller 47% nick young 39%

Posted by: bford1kb | March 23, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Talk of re-signing Livingston is ridiculously premature. This is at least his third comeback attempt. The other two didn't stick, and he hasn't shown nearly enough to suggest that this one is a lock. This is a team in total rebuilding mode; getting too locked in early on role players when the foundation for the team's future hasn't been laid yet is putting the cart before the horse.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the Wizards is not all about the personnel that they put on the floor as much as it is about the system that they try to run. Bottonline: Flip's system is not working and the players were doing great when they were just playing basketball after the all-star break and he is messing things up with worthless "plays".

Posted by: gman54 | March 23, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Or, conversely, his system (as proven throughout his career) works fine and the problem is that the players the Wizards have are either (A) not a good fit for that system or (B) just not very good. Either way, it goes back to my original point: at this early point in the rebuilding, it makes no sense to get locked in on re-signing any of the FAs on this team. What have any of them done to make keeping them any kind of priority?

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 23, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

BF78 asks: Why would anyone want Gil back on this team next year?

Um, because he's a three time all-star who after taking 2 years off was quietly 9th in the league in scoring AND 9th in the league in assists on the day he was suspended. And he's a good guy who cares for the community, despite posters' best efforts to make him out to be the devil. That's why I want him on this team next year.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 23, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Livingston continues to progress day by day on the court. I'd love to know if Tim Grover has had anything to do with his rehab to this point.

He was in Chicago when the Wiz signed him, I'm wondering if he was working out in a program. He looks a whole lot further along then when I've seen him in other brief stints since the injury.

For a guy that tore up a knee that bad, that dunk had to feel really good. You've got to feel good for the guy to have finally made it back and to be getting some court time in the NBA.

If the Wizards don't offer him a deal, somebody else will. Two weeks ago I thought he could be brought back as a camp invitee, but now I think it's going to take a contract to keep him.
GM

Posted by: flohrtv | March 23, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Urnesto,
All of what you said and the fact that he's under contract would add up to him being in the lineup next year.

What was pretty much ignored around here was the fact that Gil seemed to be adapting to Flip's system. The Wiz had two other guys that kept breaking off plays on a real regular basis.

I do think that Arenas can thrive under Flip's system. A lot depends on Leonis and the fan base and how he's preceived by them. Is he just a sometimes knucklehead who's his own worst enemy? Or is he the bad man that's going to teach our kid's to carry guns?

One question I do have in the Arenas case, how come the NRA didn't come to his defense?

Posted by: flohrtv | March 23, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, where was the NRA? It causes one to wonder: would they have appeared on the scene had, say, Mike Miller or Steve Nash been in Gil's shoes?

Posted by: 7snider7 | March 23, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

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