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Livingston handles the ball for the Nets
Livingston handles the ball for the Nets.

Brooklyn Nets point guard Shaun Livingston has worked his way around the NBA - from Los Angeles to Charlotte via Washington and Miami - but he's ready to settle down in Brooklyn.

The Nets star is set to start at point guard tonight against the Atlanta Hawks at the 02 Arena in London.

And speaking to GiveMeSport before the game, the Illinois native admitted he hopes to find a home in Brooklyn under the tutelage of former-point guard king Jason Kidd.

"I know I've bounced around, I know my struggles in terms of inconsistency and not being stable in the team," Livingston said.

"But this year I'm just trying to play good ball. Jason [Kidd] brought me here, I wouldn't be here without him. I'm very grateful for that and I play hard for him."

The former-first round pick from the 2004 draft joined the Nets, his eighth team in the NBA, after a brief spell with the Cleveland Cavaliers last term.

A hugely gifted 6ft 7in guard with a giant wingspan, Livingston has the athletic tools to be one of the most effective back-court players in the league.

Unfortunately injuries have hindered his career but he hopes that the opportunity to learn from Kidd, one of the great point guards of the last 20 years, will help him get back to his best in Brooklyn.

"He's helped me tremendously," Livingston continued. "Just the way he was one of the best floor leaders to play the game when he played.

"Being able to pick his brain, I'm a point guard as well, so I'm out on the court just asking him what he thinks, what he sees.

"Because he ran the position for 20 years and was one of the best at it."

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