Had a chance to interview Warriors guard Shaun Livingston on Friday on 95.7-FM The Game, and we talked about a variety of topics. The Warriors are 28-5 and have the Dallas Mavericks coming into Oracle .
Despite Golden State’s NBA-best record, there still seems to be some issues to deal with. Among them: Stephen Curry’s role; turnovers and overpassing; crunch-time offense; and, that old staple, rim protection. Are we nitpicking? Of course we are. But we all know the standards are high for this team. So does Livingston. Interview begins at 24 minutes.
Among the topics we discussed:
–How difficult is it to assess where the Warriors are in terms of progress, when they’re coming off back-to-back Finals appearances and yet their team is significantly different? They won it two years ago, then won 73 games and didn’t win it a year ago? How do we even know where this team is?
–Livingston’s role has changed from last year to this year. And his role from game to game this year changes depending on when he’s coming into the game and who he’s coming in for. Last year, Livingston said he primarily came in for Curry, and his role then was to essentially be a point guard. This year, he’s coming in for other players more than in the past and so it’s a little bit different for him.
–Livingston detailed how he became such a prolific ballhandler for a player his size. Livingston’s favorite player growing up – or the one he loved to watch more than anyone else – was Pete Maravich. So he wanted to handle the ball like Maravich. Then, later, when he hit his growth spurt, he found himself all of 6-foot-7, but with a terrific handle, to boot.
–Former Warriors Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes return to Oracle – after being a part of the two Finals teams. Livingston discusses relationships with not only those players but also how he deals with seeing and playing against former teamamtes.
**Bay Area News Group columnist Marcus Thompson also joined the show and we talked plenty of Curry and the Warriors. I’ve always had good-natured discussions with Marcus on “just how much of a point guard” Curry really is, and that’s where we jumped off.
Thompson breaks down extremely well what may be behind some of Curry’s recent frustration over his role and shot attempts. It has been an adjustment to play alongside Kevin Durant, that’s for sure, and Thompson gets into it all. Interview starts at 35 minutes.