Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  10 responses

Chauncey Billups: ‘I’m Not Done. I’m Not Retiring’

When it was revealed that a torn Achilles tendon injury ended Chauncey Billups’ season, there was talk that the 35-year old guard could retire. Billups, though, insists that we have not seen the last of him on an NBA court. From Yahoo! Sports: “I will be back,’ Billups said. ‘I’m not done. I’m not retiring. I will definitely be back. This has been the story of my career, coming back, fighting, scrapping and I will play again.’ Billups suffered the tear on Monday night in Orlando, crumpling to the floor without warning. No collision. No contact. Just like that. He hadn’t felt any tenderness in the Achilles prior to the injury, he said. An MRI taken in Cleveland on Tuesday confirmed the tear. [...] ‘I knew when I went down and tried to get up – and I couldn’t feel anything – that this was bad,’ Billups said. ‘I had never felt anything like that before. It was completely non-impact. Nobody hit me. Nobody kicked me. Nobody was around. …I’m probably still in a little bit of shock over this. … I’ve talked to a couple different doctors, gotten some opinions and I’m going to get a couple of more,’ Billups said. ‘This injury is not what it was 10 or 12 years ago. It’s not an easy injury, but it’s gotten a lot better and easier to come back from. I’m telling you: I will definitely be back.’”

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  • Justin G.

    It’s going to be a long tough road but all the power to him if he can do it.

  • the don

    i hope he can overcome this injury and come back next season with the clipps. it looked like he was really enjoying playing with blake/Paul and company… feel bad for him

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I hope he’s right…it’d be a shame for him to go out that way.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    This has to be up there for freak accidents in the NBA. No collision, no contact and somehow tears his achilles. Definitely feel bad for him. I cringed when I read the part about him not being able to feel anything. The jam-packed schedule is hurting everyone.

  • Will Lee

    hang in there chauncey, you are my favorite player!

  • Niio

    You can do it Chauncey I tore my left achilles tendon 7 years ago and came back from that to play again and I’m currently going in for my 2nd achilles tendon surgery on my right side tomorrow morning.

  • Kathleen

    Wishing Chauncey a quick and complete recovery. I have so enjoyed watching him play ove the years and look forward to more!

  • http://leipzig-eagles.de/ Speedy

    Get well soon Chauncey (and Niio). It’s cool to see that he still wants to come back at his age.

  • anynomous

    his starting days are over.

  • Niio

    Thanks Speedy much appreciated!