Champions once again. For Peoria's own Shaun Livingston it's world championship number three.
When describing how a third ring feels, Livingston just happens to use three significant words.
"Bliss," three-time NBA champion, Shaun Livingston, said. "Joy. You know, cigars. No, in all honesty, it's been a great ride. You know, to do it three times in four years, it's special. "
Good things do come in threes and when the 32-year-old looks back at his favorite NBA finals moments, no surprise, he has too many to count, but he narrows in on just three.
"The first championship experience, just in shock we all were, you know, to be world champions," Livingston said. "You know, the regular season record, right? Being a part of greatness, history. Then winning it with Kevin. Those three moments. You can't really put a price tag on the everyday stuff that goes on in the locker room. You know, the group chat. Those little moments that the world will never know about."
To be in that group chat, right? You know who will be in that group chat? DeMarcus Cousins.
Boogie signed a one-year deal with Golden State earlier this week.
"It's probably not a very popular signing throughout the NBA or the world, but at the end of the day he's a free agent," Livingston said. "We're gonna accept him with open arms. You know, come be a part of the team, a part of the family. It's a brotherhood."
Livingston makes sure he hits up all the food staples in the River City whenever he's back in town. But believe it or not, that's not his favorite part of home.
"The kids," Livingston said. "Always. Always the kids. You know, get the chance to interact, reach out, touch them. You know, be a part of what they're doing. When they first see you, coming off the NBA finals, they see you on TV. Now they see you and are like, yeah this is our camp."