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In town for a few hours Thursday to complete requirements for medical clearance, new Warriors guard Shaun Livingston says he is looking forward to exceeding expectations of the team's rabid fan base.
That might come easier coming off a season under Bay Area hoops icon Jason Kidd, who last season coached Livingston in Brooklyn. Kidd urged the Nets to sign Livingston, who ended up starting 54 games and reviving his career.
"I know there are a lot of different factors that go into coaching," Livingston said over the phone. "But Jason was the best to run the point guard position. He was an extension of the coach for 20-plus years and one of the best to do it. He understands the game, knows what it takes to win and he's won as a player.
"Coming in as a coach, he kind of had his own philosophies. The reason we had such a good working relationship was we thought about the game in a similar capacity. But he escalated my way of thinking in terms of approach and with little intangibles, being so strategic."
Upon entering free agency, Livingston considered returning to the Nets and also was courted by the Hornets before he agreed Tuesday to join the Warriors. The signing cannot become official before 9:01 p.m. (PDT) July 9.