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Monday, August 15th, 2011 at 9:45 am  |  38 responses

Time Running Out for Chauncey Billups


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Chauncey Billups knows that his NBA days are numbered. After missing out on much of the New York Knicks’ first-round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics last spring, Chauncey is filled with regret, and plenty questions about what the future holds.

Though Billups believes he could have made a big difference during the Knicks/Celtics series, there’s no use in looking back now, and Chauncey wants another crack at leading New York on the basketball floor.

The lockout is making none of that possible, of course, and shortening what little time Chauncey Billups has left in the NBA.

From the Boston Globe:

The lack of a full training camp may damage the Knicks more than any other club because they never had the opportunity to build chemistry with coach Mike D’Antoni last season. “It is tough, the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going to happen,’’ said Billups. “But I’ve been through it before, and as a veteran and as a professional, I’m just going to stay ready. “Whenever we can make a deal or whatever might happen, I’ll be ready to go.”

He has avoided serious injury in his career and has played at least 70 games in each of the past 11 seasons, but six weeks short of his 35th birthday, Billups realizes his time as a front-line player is diminishing. “I have played most of my career out,’’ he said. “I don’t have that many more years to play. I’m just looking forward to getting back out there.”

The Knicks are unlikely to compete for the Eastern Conference crown regardless of when the season starts, but they should be vastly different with Billups and Anthony more comfortable in the system, and Amar’e Stoudemire completely recovered from the back issues that ailed him during the playoffs. “That’s what I want so bad, is to have a training camp together, where we can build,’’ said Billups, who averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 21 games with New York. “Because I feel like with the players that we have and the ability that we have to put some pieces together, we can be a very good basketball team.’’

As he enters the twilight of his career, the Knicks can only hope to squeeze out what little magic may be left in Chauncey Billups.

Time is not on either party’s side.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHUCKERS OF ALL TIME, YET, SOMEHOW, DOESNT REALLY HAVE THE REP FOR IT. HE’S WORSE THAN JR SMITH.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^
    Probably because he’s a winner

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    NO, HE WON ONCE. TIMMY IS A WINNER, KOBE IS A WINNER. CHAUNCEY WON ONCE, AND HAS BEEN LIVING OFF AN UNDESERVED REP

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    HEY UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER, IS YOUR CAPS LOCKS BROKEN? MINES TOO!

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    chauncey was a star once in 2000 something…and an all-star, i dont remember anything else…in a way no one remembers, because the pistons been sucking ever since, and he’s a journey man now…he almost fell in the same category as D-Wade, once, finals MVP’s, however, D-Wade reaching the finals this year, separates him completly from billups. IF BILLUPS STILL IN THE NBA, TALKING ABOUT GOING BACK TO BUILD CHEMISTRY AND THAT HE WILL BE READY, THEN WHY NOT ALLEN IVERSON!!!

  • Yesse

    I think Chauncey was a good player back in the day. I doubt he can win a championship with Knicks anymore, but with their roster they should be able to make some noice.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I have been saying online for the past few years, that Chauncey “I take bad shots cost Detroit ring” Billups is overrated. He had two to maybe three good seasons, and won one title, by killing slow DFish. DFish has made plenty of stars from Aaron Brooks to his greatest make by DFish is Mike Biddy when he played for the Queens. Billups chucked Nuggets out of games by taking HERO THREES too much by just stop at three point line and launch. If I was Knicks I trade him, let Douglas start and move on from there. Knicks wouldn’t have problem if drafted Brandon Jennings, but thats another story. Billups is overrated and some of yall Dummies stating he belongs in HALL OF FAME are prisoner of the moment from 2004. BOOK IT!!

  • CARTEL

    I believe Billups can still be a helluva contributor for the Knicks but after seeing how easily he’s gotten TWICE in the short time with the Knicks makes him a little unreliable…But no matter what, he does know how to control the tempo of a game and fits in well with the players they have and that’s where CHEMISTRY comes into play, which shows how vital training camp is for the Knicks (or any team for that matter)…And @Neaitel, U kinda have a point, I would love to see A.I. playing again, and him coming off the bench for the Knicks doesn’t sound like a bad idea. I don’t see where it would hurt…

  • CARTEL

    I meant to say “after seeing how easily he’s gotten INJURED TWICE in the short time with the Knicks, it makes him a little unreliable…”

  • JL

    definitely overrated, as he only really had that one good series when he was hitting big shots. And those few years when he was really good. He was still a good player though. You can’t take that away from him. He’s just not as good anymore. You just feel like his peak was short cuz.. well it was, since it took him a while to get good.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    IT SCARES ME HOW MUCH I AGREE WITH SEED RIGHT NOW…

  • youngmuggsy

    Well, I suppose we could try a time transplant….

  • LP

    wow, “THE KNICKS ARE UNLIKELY TO COMPETE FOR EASTERN CONFERENCE CROWN”…..thats a little cruel…#go bulls

  • bakers’-dozen

    Can’t believe people are hating on Billups so much. Must be a bunch of John Wall fans on here or something.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Seed: Fisher made Bibby look like a star? It couldn’t have possibly been the fact that Mike had a 20-7-4 season with the Kings, right? Billups earned Finals MVP honors, that was his team more than anybody else’s. Not to mention, he brought Denver to the Conference Finals the year AI was traded for him. Sure his stats aren’t great but he leads a team. Too many Russell Westbrook riders here…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    @Caboose: Biddy got fame for killing my Lakers, but losing in the end. Right, also Mike played well a few years and took the Queens as far as they could go. Also Billups got Finals MVP because Fisher made him look like a KING, and Lakers ran up against a great defensive team. Big Ben was the face of the Pistons to me with his gritty play and I don’t care attitude. Also Billups shot Denver out the game with the Lakers, Denver should have won. Go rewatch the series, I predicted Billups would try to be a THREE HERO. Also I am a Brandon Jennings/Stephon Curry point guard fan. BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why didn’t Kobe guard Bibby or Billups if Fisher couldn’t handle them? Fish could have kept up with Richard Hamilton with no problem.

  • http://Slamonline nbk

    Seed i thought you atleast knew about recent Laker history. Derek Fisher made Chauncee Billups look like an all star? From the bench? The starting Point Guard for the 2004 Los Langeles Lakers was non other then – Gary Payton. Fisher was playin like 18 minutes a game, maybe 20.

  • stayweird38

    Billups is a winner quit hatin.. even for his age his numbers from last year aren’t too bad..

  • vg

    Cosign nbk. Derek Fisher didn’t start in ANY playoff games in 04 and played about 23 min per game, so you can’t just put all the blame on a role player for “making” Billups the Finals MVP. Chauncey is not a HOFer based on his career stats, so I don’t know why people would think that, BUT no one can deny his great play with Detroit in 04. Yes Billups chucks 3s, but when you’re a career 39% 3pt shooter I don’t see what the problem is. Thats also funny that you hate on Billups for being a chucker, yet you are a fan of B Jennings, who has a FG% of less than 40% and last year took almost as many 3s as Billups yet shot only 33%. book it

  • slamfan4life

    Billups got his ring and F-mvp;hes a winner and i dont think he has anything to prove

  • Gogs

    in terms of point guard play, you’d be hard pushed to find many players that run a team aswell as chauncey.
    at this stage of his career (athletically diminished) he still competes to a high standard because of this intelligence and knowledge of the game. he runs the team very well. bet he’s still quite highly regarded within coaching circles because of this.

  • Gogs

    There’s also the fact his teams have been successful despite him only having one ring he’s led his teams to conference finals 6 times and the finals twice. The comments about him being an overrated chucker seem a little unfounded.

  • Nugznazty

    He was an inbound pass away from the Finals 3 years ago against the Lakers in a game 7 …. 2 years ago he had the best stat lines of his career before all the Nuggz imploded in the 1st round (Head coach out with cancer :/ ). Personally I think the Knicks are an ugly fit for him at the moment, but this should be his last year of relevance and he will definitely make it count.

  • Charles Breen

    Billup is a very good point guard and floor leader..he’s a winner ..yeah he only won 1 championship but his team had a few years that they always reached the conference finals which is a great accomplishment. i say he’s top 15 of the best pg’s from this decade (00′-10′). With him playing im pretty sure they wuda beaten the celtics..but thats the past i guess

  • LA Huey

    He’s a transition chucker but the rest of his game has made up for it most of his career.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Billups is no HOF player. A great pg, but no HOF

  • Gaz

    Wow I don”t think The Seed will be commenting on here again anytime soon. Absolutely burnttttttttttt by Nbk and vg! Claiming to be such a big Lakers fan yet not even knowing common knowledge of his team a mere 7 years ago. Ah well… Nobody reads books these days anyway… INTERNET IT!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmao seed got destroyed… but no chauncey’s not a chucker. just fyi

  • Gaz

    You know, the large majority of ‘seeds’ that exist in the world have fallen from their plantations, and lie on the ground. The Seed is definitely a part of that majority, ’cause he just got stepped on… MULTIPLE TIMES!!!

  • http://dsjfklfl.com Jukai

    LOL wow Seed the big Laker fan not remembering Gary Payton. EMBARRASSSING.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    ha haaaa…. chris smoove waiting on a noob.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    im gonna miss his stop and pop 3 after crossing midcourt. such a cold blooded shot when it goes in

  • jau

    Everyone burns fisher even wen fisher was in his prime lol billups got everything under his belt all defense team, all second team,all star, nba champ how can u call tht overrated??

  • Justin

    Seed gets destroyed everytime he posts in here but I have to admit, like Jukai said, this is embarrassing even for him

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think Chauncey is a chucker. In transition and in the halfcourt. Well, “chucker” is too strong. He just takes a lot of ill advised three pointers. A LOT.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Hey, brethren:
    Is Chauncey Billups a top 15 point guard of all time?
    What about top 20?
    25?
    30?
    Nah, let me not even do that.
    I’m just ribbing.

  • Manuel

    And how old was Gary Payton near retirement I think and then two years later he was on a Heat Team that the piston couldn’t stop which then led to Lebron and then the Big Three and then couldn’t beat the Lakers. The fact really is he isn’t a good fit for the Knicks the Kinicks need a pg who will run the floor not slow the game downn

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