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For Shaun Livingston it's all about 'vision' and 'perspective,' both on and off the court

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Shaun Livingston has become arguably the most popular player on a Brooklyn Nets team that is loaded with high-profile names, former All-Stars and future Hall of Famers. What makes Livingston so popular among Nets fans is that he's the embodiment of what makes a professional athlete a role model: hard work and humility.

What also intrigues basketball fans from all corners of the NBA market, not just in Brooklyn, is his journey. And Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game had a chance to speak to Livingston about the most often overlooked plot point, the exposition, and delves deeply into what's now the "rising action," as he continues to climb toward the climax of his career.

Kharpertian speaks with Livingston about his upbringing in Peoria, Illinois, going from public to private school, in what Kharpertian describes as "code-shifting between racial and social classes." Going from studying in "upper-class academia" to living in "high-crime, low-income" Peoria.

In his in-depth piece, Kharpertian and Livingston discuss his vision and perspective both on and off the basketball court, which is what Livingston credits as the lead factor in what's put him in the position he is today -- as one of the most improved players in the NBA, starting on a playoff-bound team as the "top priority" by his current employer as he faces a pending free agency this summer.

He and Kharpertian go through some game film, with Livingston breaking down what he's seeing on the basketball court in the moment. Essentially a thorough look at what makes him so good at what he does.

It's a true testament to Livingston's hard work and determination, to be in a place where he's endeared by an entire fan base, and desired by many who are looking to fill a basketball void through free agency while picking up a high-class "character guy" in the process.