Chauncey Billups may be out for the season, he was injuried February 6th in an overtime win against the Orlando Magic, with a torn Achilles and had a surgery eight days later, however that has not held him back from being a leader for his team. Today, the five-time All-Star was at the Staples Center before the Los Angeles Clippers as they competed against the Houston Rockets.
“I would just like to be walking in and putting my jersey on, of course, going out there and fighting with the guys. Obviously, I can’t do that. But on the flipside, it’s just really good to see the guys and see them just as happy to see me.” - Chauncey Billups
Since Chauncey’s injury, the Clippers have stayed pretty close to the .500 club and have lost 5 of their last 7. They just acquired former Washington Wizards shooting guard Nick Young, whom should help in that department.
“I’ve looked at some games, and we’ve been playing selfishly — both defensively and offensively. We got away from what we were doing early in the season, and guys are trying to figure it out again. When we play against really good teams, we come out and play hard. But against teams we should really beat, sometimes we let our guard down and get away from our principles. And that lack of discipline hurts us.” – Chauncey
I will reiterate that Nick Young, unless he takes shot after shot, will help in this department. Similar to New York Knicks shooting guard, J.R. Smith, in that he is more than a one-dimensional scorer and he is explosive.
I think we can all agree with this Bill Simmons tweet:
Chauncey Billups sitting on the Clips bench today. Can’t they just give him a clipboard and make him the coach? Why fight it?
On another note, the Clippers will dress Chauncey Billups locker (Shoes, Jersey, etc) for all home and away games for the remainder of the season.
So no retirement, just Chauncey helping his team in any way necessary.
That’s the King of Park Hill.