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Shaun Livingston’s Night of Attention, a photo blog

Updated: March 15, 2010

Flip Saunders took an unusually long amount of time to get to his press conference after Saturday night’s 109-95 loss to Orlando. Wait, strike that, nothing has been “usual” this season, or rather consistent when it comes to how long the coach takes to get from locker room to media room.

It’s just that on Friday after the 105-99 loss to the Hawks, Flip was at his podium seat and ready to answer questions before anyone knew it. The only initial witnesses were cameramen and perhaps one, two at the most, members of the media.

Saturday the healthily attending media waited and waited, humorously speculating on what the coach could be doing. Others, myself included, looked at the box score, calling out numbers of note and then applying the proper reactionary facial expression. All of this is leading to a story about Shaun Livingston, trust me.

When Flip’s presser finally concluded, the media scrambled toward the locker room knowing it could be relatively empty. One of the games few positives, Andray Blatche, was already dressed and talking in the hallway amongst his post-game posse, meaning that pickings could be slim.

What players would be left? Only Al Thornton, JaVale McGee, Alonzo Gee and the two point guards, Randy Foye and Shaun Livingston. Gee didn’t garner any media attention and McGee was able to escape while Thornton was being questioned.

The last two silently exited the shower, Foye a couple seconds before Livingston. Not to say they didn’t speak with each other while rinsing themselves of another loss, but it’s highly unlikely. One would have heard indiscernible voices.

One player returned to a locker surrounded by no one. The other to an awaiting scrum. And while both served as potential interesting subjects, there’s no questioning around whom the media, including yours truly, encroached.

Not only is Shaun Livingston a unique comeback story, but he’s a talent who looks naturally smooth on the court. He’s got that immeasureable “it” factor that can’t be told by usage rates, assist percentages and on/off numbers. Livingston is also comfortable in front of the press. He doesn’t always rely on ‘out-of-the-box’ answers and he’s good at making eye contact, assuring you that his answer will be earnest.

All I could think of to ask Foye was, “Hey, do you think it’s time for you to play off the ball more?” It wasn’t worth it. Livingston was the story of the night, no matter how many ears, including a pair from the New York Times, were listening.

But before questions were asked, and before the players began to get dressed, there was a moment. A quick glance that few likely noticed. From his unpopulated area over to one surrounded by the awaiting videographers and question askers, Foye looked over at Livingston.

Maybe it was innocent envy. That the new guy made things looks so easy. That the new guy was garnering all the positive attention for his play, even in a loss.

Or maybe the look was to say, ‘Good luck kid (Foye is almost two years older than Livingston), they’ll turn on you in a second’ … something Livingston probably already knows. He comes across as a veteran in media relations.

Maybe Foye simply wondered how much better he’d be if he had Livingston’s height, an extra three inches (you know what Michael Scott would say here).

I’ll never know what Randy was thinking that instance he peeped over at Shaun with a deadpanned look on his face. I’ll just know that it meant something.

{Shaun Livingston, photoblog}

Lengthy glass work.

Learning Nick Young a thing or two.

The Pharcyde.

Assessing the situation.

A runner.

The Watcher.

[Photo Credits: Adam Douglas]

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.