Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, who’s as tough an NBA player as there is, said that while he respects what the cross-town rival Lakers have accomplished this offseason, people shouldn’t count out his Clippers—or the other 29 teams—just yet. The former Finals MVP is currently rehabbing his left Achilles tendon, with hopes of being ready for L.A.’s regular-season opener. Via The Detroit Free Press: “‘They are trying to stack the deck over there, but I tell you what—I’m very pleased with my team and what we’ve been able to do and I will just say this – don’t nobody scare me, man,’ said the former Piston with a chuckle. Billups, who was Finals MVP when leading the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title, spoke briefly with the Free Press over the phone Saturday afternoon and said his rehab is ‘going well.’ Billups, 35, suffered the injury in the February and some wondered if the 15-year veteran was facing the end of his career.”