Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  74 responses

Chauncey Billups Out for the Season With Torn Achilles Tendon

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

UPDATE: As expected, the Los Angeles Clippers confirmed that Chauncey Billups’ season is over. Terrible news. Per the team website:

“Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in last night’s 107-102 Clippers’ win in Orlando. The injury, which occurred with 5:48 remaining in the fourth quarter, will sideline Billups for the remainder of the 2011-12 NBA season. Billups underwent an MRI today at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio which confirmed the injury. He will return to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation. A date for surgery is yet to be determined.”

The Los Angeles Clippers’ thrilling overtime victory over the Orlando Magic last night was dampened by concerns that Chauncey Billups may be done for the year.

The veteran guard suffered a left Achilles’ tendon injury midway through the fourth quarter, which many in the Clipper organization feared had been ruptured.

Understandably, there was a feeling of devastation within the locker room, as it quickly dawned on players and coaches just how big a blow the Chauncey Billups injury is.

From Hoopsworld and the LA Times:

Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro would not offer many details, except to confirm that it was an Achilles injury. “He’s going to be re-evaluated,” Del Negro said. “He’s got an Achilles injury. I don’t know the severity of it, but it’s kind of bittersweet. We will see what happens but we will re-evaluate it tomorrow.” Many of Billups’ teammates commented in the locker room that their point guard was “done,” hinting that the Achilles was more than a strain and was, in fact, a full tear. Billups left the locker room with his foot in a boot, walked with the aid of crutches … One of the Clippers coaches commented under his breath that losing Billups was “a damn shame.”


“It felt like somebody kicked me, man,” Billups said after the game as he made his way to the team bus with crutches under both arms and a walking boot on his foot. “I don’t know if it’s torn, but I know it’s not good.” There was a hush in the Clippers’ locker room after their 107-102 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Chris Paul fought back tears when asked what Billups has meant to the team. Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro kept shaking his head, repeatedly saying how bad he felt for Billups and adding, “This is not good.”

Chauncey Billups was averaging 15 points a night, and had provided the young Clippers with invaluable leadership this season. An MRI today is expected to determine the 35-year old’s fate.

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  • Darren

    jr smith for the win

  • Bt

    Might have to move mo ‘regular season’ williams to the 2. Of course that won’t work in the playoffs as he never shows up.

  • http://dimemag.com Royal

    Now they could really use J.R Smith

  • Justin G.

    If it’s torn his career is over. Devastating loss for the Clippers. I blame the Knicks for this. :-)

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    It’s sad, but that could not only end the Clippers chance at legimitately contending for a championship this year, but it could very likely end Chauncey’s career. Age 35, coming off a MAJOR injury.. that’s going to be extremely hard to recover from and still be an NBA calibre player. All the best to him though!

  • jimmer

    bad times

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    not a way to end a great career…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Damn…my favorite player in the league right now. This really sucks, I wanted to see him go far with the Clips. This might be setting him up for his NBA coaching career…

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    amnesty him! joke. jr smith signing is making a lot more sense right now, and bledsoe will probably finally see some minutes

  • Raff_McCafferty

    Only Del Negro would call an injury to one of his most important players ‘bittersweet’.

  • Jay

    sign Iverson!

    (someone was going to say it.)

    but really. Sign Iverson

  • http://slamonline..com cold as ice

    i wish chauncy nothin but the best. i know personally what he’s going through. same situation happened to me a few yrs back in a tournament so i can relate to mr. bigshot. it happened to me @ 24 not 35 and im 29 now.. the older u get the longer that injury takes to heal and easier to retear. same thing happened to shaq last yr and elton brand a few yrs back. keep ur head up smooth. @justin what u blaming the knicks 4. he aint with us nomore. so stop the hatin big bro.

  • RunNGun

    Blame K-MART. Dude had it in for Chauncey. Damn Thuggets! LOL

  • Fat Lever

    JR Smith is a good option, but I keep thinking Anthony Morrow is the ideal fit here. Guy is a lights out shooter(moreso than JR) and that is what they need to stretch out the d.

  • Justin

    Last thing these guys need is JR. Reckon they’ll be fine playing Blake at the 3 a bit with KMart at the 4, or letting Mo get some minutes.

    Sucks Chauncey got hurt though, classy dude.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/01/post-up-23/ Allenp

    Who would they trade for Morrow?

  • Bt

    Blake at the 3??? Haha, time to pack the paint and let him and Kenyon and Jordan shoot jumpers all day. Not to mention that as one of the worst defenders in the league he’ll get torched by any half decent 3

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    If it is a tear, maybe he should sign with the Suns after rehab. They have resurrected Grant Hill’s career when everyone thought it was over and look at what Steve Nash is doing at 38. That training staff are miracle workers for the older player. And I’m only half-joking.

  • vctmac

    help him recover adn bring in JR swish. not a loosing season whatso ever in my mind even if they dnt make the p layoffs miraculously

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    So my fantasy team has lost, Andrew Bogut, Al Horford, and now Chauncey Billups. I LOVE LOCKOUTS.

  • Riggs

    thank god they have enough guards…..right?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen, IF, the Clippers were after Morrow they would have to trade Eric Bledsoe, I am pretty sure the Nets over value Morrow. Especially have his 42 point barrage last week

  • RunNGun

    Blake at 3? No… play Blake at 5! Someone send the memo to Darko Milicic.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Cringed when i saw this happen, same spot on the floor, similar situation and same feeling i had 2 years ago when i ruptured mine. (left wing, nobody close to me, the kicking sensation etc)
    Surgeon (a surly dick but thankfully talented) immediately said my bball days were behind me, so i did online research, found a sports specific PT studio and 9 months later i was back on the hardwood.
    And i’m a year older than Billups, playing 2 league games a week with 2 practices sprinkled in. Hops are even close to what they were pre-injury.
    His career can continue, if he wants it to. (Okur, Jerebko and Beckham all tore their achilles in ’10. All playing now)


    No seriously, what Cheryl said. The Suns staff is tremdendous. The best in the game bar none. Billups is one of my fav players of the last ten years for one the way he plays and also he’s such a great interview. I did a cover story on him way back in ’06 and since then i’ve gotten quotes from him for a couple of other pieces. He gives these structured answers that really illustrate whatever point he’s trying to convey. He’ll make a helluva coach one day.

  • Albie1kenobi

    Can we say… Curse of Clippers?

  • LA Huey

    “We are who we thought they were”

  • hulahula

    this is the impact of david stern and lockout

  • LA Huey

    this is the impact of donald sterling and karma

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    This is the impact of a lockout.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/01/post-up-23/ Allenp


  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/01/post-up-23/ Allenp

    The evil of Sterling strikes even the undeserving. His miasma of evil cannot be denied.

  • davidR

    damn. was really rooting for him, especially after how he kept getting jerked around the league.
    how does this affect their power rankings, and their playoff picture?

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    Too many damb injuries this year this is out of control.


    I remember when it happened to Nique. He came back but was never the same.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    still remember i was riding hard with the 04 pistons during their whole playoff run (including their 5-0 annihilation of the Lakers). it’s the only nba championship dvd i own. REALLY wish his career won’t end like this. (which reminds me of Sir Charles’ last season in a way…)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Miasma, AllenP?? You’ve been playing Words with Friends, I see. :)

  • LA Huey

    The knees of CP3 and Griffin should be praying to their God(s).

  • http://cjzero.com/gifs/LinSwag.gif IAMORANGE4EVER

    Feel sorry for Billups, but this aint changing where J.R. Smith’s headed once he gets back from China…and that’s the Knicks.

  • http://cjzero.com/gifs/LinSwag.gif IAMORANGE4EVER

    This is like Deja Vu too… because Billups got hurt real bad in Orlando last season with the Knicks, when he got a deep thigh bruise from a shot by Dwight Howard’s knee.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Hot spit, I think Bledsoe got traded

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    The Clips still have Foye, Bledsoe and Mo Williams so they will be fine. Where this is going to hurt them is late in the season and in the playoffs. Feel bad for Smooth right now.

  • Buujangles

    @Max nah Bledsoe wasn’t included in the deal for cp3.

  • bike

    Someone needs to do a study after this season is over that evaluates the effect of a post-lockout shortened season on the number of significant player injuries.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Damn, was really pulling for the Clippers to win the west this year. Had a bunch of players I loved. But I seriously don’t know if I want JR Smith on my Knicks. Isn’t there another player we could use our exception on?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Not really O. Unless you want to wait till Mid-March for Aaron Brooks. Or want to roll the dice on Gilbert. It’s hard for me to believe JR Smith will sign for the mid-season exception anyway though.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I feel for Chauncey and for the Clippers. Without his veteran leadership, I think they’re gonna suffer. Vinnie is a bad coach in late game situations and right now they don’t execute the way an elite team should. They’re running really simple stuff and expecting CP3 to win them the game. Chauncey brought a calming influence that made that work. I feel like with K-Mart coming in and possibly JR too, VInnie is gonna have a really hard time controlling this team. Hopefully, Chauncey can be on the sidelines in a suit, like an assistant coach…like Sam Cassell back in the day.


    There is more money and playing time in NY for J.R. Smith than with the Clippers. With the Knicks (Manhattan) he’s closer to home (Newark). He’s got an excellent relationship with Melo, and the Knicks front office Director of Pro Player Personnel, Mark Warkentien who is the former GM of the Denver Nuggets. Knicks run-n-gun offense fits his style of play better. Knicks sorely need someone like J.R. Smith to hit 3 point shots for them on a consistent basis – Toney Douglas was supposed to be that guy. J.R. Smith earns 2.5 million dollars playing not even a half a season, and if he plays well, which I believe he will, he’ll earn a real nice contract come summertime during the off-season. Make it happen, Grunwald.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    First of all Orange, the Knicks won’t be able to resign JR after this season. No matter what happens.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    But the rest of what your saying is pretty accurate. (Although JR did say last week the MLE isn’t enough money)


    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww tooooo bad.



  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I hate the overrated Billups, so he deserves it. Mr Big Shot crap will be put away. He caused the Pistons to lose to Spurs in Finals, Heat in Eastern Conference Finals and let Lebron beat them with his kids.

    Also JR Smith needs to go to the Bulls, Melo and JR are the same people, just different heights.

    Clippers lob city crap can go too, can’t wait until Paul leaves them in 2 years, and everyone will ask the question, did Paul just waste two years of his NBA career. The answer will be yes.

  • http://bigleaguewiffleball.com/ Jon L.

    Wow, that is a huge blow to the Clippers. Good thing they have Mo Williams as a backup even though he doesn’t make the clutch shots that Chauncey does.

  • JML-G

    @The Seed – u mad, little buddy?!

  • tom


  • angus

    ”The Seed” must be your typical ignorant laker fan…

  • http://leipzig-eagles.de/ Speedy

    The Seed …..?

  • Honduran

    Damn Chauncey… This is a really sad day for the Clippers.. I feel for you , CB. :-(

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    what The Seed fail to mention was that Billups also caused his beloved Lakers with 4 future HOF’ers lose to the uber-underdog Pistons in 2004 in embarrassing fashion (4-1, with the lone win coming from a kobe buzzer beating 3 that forced OT).

  • hushabomb

    Whatever the case is, get well soon Chauncey. You are a man with great perseverance and resolve. Everytime you have had a setback, you have come back better than ever. your career is not over!!! Fight to get back on the court and playing like you use to.

  • Niio

    Stay strong Chauncey, get surgery and rehab it up and you’ll be back next year. I tore my left achilles 7 years ago. Got my cast off in Feb and was playing full speed by the summer. I recently tore my right achilles tendon and will have surgery this coming thursday. Its going to be a tough road to rehab but it definitely isn’t “OVER” by far for me or you Chauncey.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    If it really is as bad as it could be, he should retire asap and then the Clips should immediately bring him on as an assistant coach.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    So it’s safe to say he’s out for the year? I’d be rip-sh!t… soo many injuries this year in the condensed season. It’s like anybody can get it.


    Seed when was the genesis of you becoming such a Billups hater? Was it the Lakers vs. Pistons Finals?

  • Jose

    i find it difficult to see him comeback from his especially with his age/mileage. . .its too dang bad , especially after getting bounced from teams and treating him as a trade piece.

  • Boss Bailey

    The list of players they can go after is somewhat lengthy. I would workout, Iverson, JR Smith, Gilbert, Michael Redd, and for the hell of it I’d give Brandon Roy a call too.

  • DukeFromDeep

    yeah Seed… bad sport ya douche… Billups doesn’t deserve this. Go Clipps with or w/out JR.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    i hope the best for him… i pray he wont retire this would be like brandon roy retiring all over again..(except billups is clearly older but i mean emotionally)

  • JoeMaMa

    For some reason, there are those who think that a selfish, immature knucklehead is going to replace or offset the loss of a smart, savy veteran point guard with championship experience????

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    hey Seed, go eff yourself buddy. Seriously. I refuse to believe any of those comments can come from a rational human being who isn’t looking to troll, you ignorant sh*t spewing troll. Book that.


    Your moms was obviously an astronaut.

  • Justin G.

    lol@melvin. Exactly what I was thinking. It doesn’t matter if you feel somebody is overrated. They still don’t “deserve” an injury like that. Nobody does. @cold as ice…I was blaming the Knicks for amnestying him in the first place. Maybe he doesn’t get this injury if he’s not playing there. Maybe he does. I was only half kidding anyway so relax

  • http://slamonline house

    Wow saying that someone deserves to be injured just shows that Seed is obviously lacking real perspective. Would he like to be struck down by such a severe injury? I don’t think so.

  • Scot Peirson

    Tough for the Clippers to lose Chauncey Bigshot, but also typical of their history. Would I move Mo up to start??!? No. Three possibilities–
    1. J.R. Smith, which is obvious. A bit of a knucklehead, but when he’s on…
    2. Anthony Morrow. This would happen in a couple of weeks, when the Nets go into housecleaning mode (Meaning, Prochorov realizes that D-Will isn’t staying and he isn’t getting D-12…).
    3. AGENT ZERO. I’d take the chance. After all, Chauncey was a one playing as a two (Or a too-small 2 who had made a successful transition to playing as a 1), and Gil would fit in the same category. Moreover, it would be another hit at the Lakers’ indecisiveness.