Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Chauncey Billups Didn’t Want to Play Shooting Guard for the Clippers

As he prepares for the battle to reclaim what was once his in Detroit (and to face drastic roster changes), veteran guard Chauncey Billups says he didn’t want to play the role he was forced into as an LA Clipper. Per Yahoo! Sports: “‘I’m 36 and I’m going to be 37 when the season starts,’ Billups said. ‘I’ve accomplished everything I tried to accomplish in basketball. So I don’t have anything to prove. But to my own personal self, I want to end my career playing my position and just doing what I do.’ [...] Last season, he played just 22 games, averaging career-lows of 8.4 points and 2.2 assists. The Clippers then acquired shooting guard J.J. Redick to replace Billups, who played out of position alongside point guard Chris Paul. ‘I definitely wasn’t disappointed,’ Billups said. ‘I didn’t want to be a two-guard anyway. I did it there because it’s a way for me to get on the floor. You are playing behind the best point guard in the league in Chris. I never saw myself as a shooting guard. I never wanted to play it.’ [...] ‘I always wanted to retire a Piston anyway,’ Billups said. ‘That’s where I stayed the longest and had most of my success. I always wanted to be remembered as a Piston. This will hopefully give me the opportunity to end my career there.’ Billups hasn’t played primarily as a reserve since the 2000-01 season when he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He started every game he played with the Pistons from 2002-09. Although it would seem like a long shot with (Brandon) Jennings onboard, Billups plans to prove he deserves to be the starting point guard next season. Billups said his Achilles’ tendon, which has been medically cleared by the Pistons, ‘is fine’ and his body feels as good as it has in years. Billups was asked before the Jennings deal if he thought he had could start at point guard for Detroit and said: ‘I would think that when I’m healthy I give us the best chance to win. I’m not sure. But I believe in me.’”

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  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Brandon Jennings coming off the bench sharing minutes with Stuckey and Will Bynum? I really hope Billups gets that starting spot just to see what happens. Will be fun to watch.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that would be some chappelle show level of comedy

  • danpowers

    out of all the players on the pistons roster the crafty vet is going to be the chemistry killer? lol

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    So I guess the next question is to ask Jennings if he’s happy coming off the bench.

  • Isaac

    Billups is lucky he played at all.. Him taking minutes away from Bledsoe was a travesty. He hasn’t been good for 4 players. Let’s see how much he likes Detroit when Jennings takes his spot.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Chauncey Billups should not even be playing NBA minutes anymore. There is no chance he starts, lol, that’s funny tho.

  • KingBenjamin

    Billups will start, but not at the 1, he’ll start at the 2 but will primarily play the role of PG on the floor even with Jennings listed as PG, Jennings will play more off ball looking to score while Billups is the primary ball handler, either way they’ll both start and both will share PG duties while on the floor.

  • Basketball_iQ

    Pistons management – “hey big shot, we just traded for Brandon Jennings…”
    Billups – “……………….. (dial tone)”

  • Basketball_iQ

    I told you a few years back, the people who join you here on this board has no (enter my name)
    You are correct, Billups will not be starting and he’s probably fine with that.

  • RKJ92

    They won’t both start, it will be one or the other, because they have Caldwell-Pope, and Rodney Stuckey at the 2 guard position already.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    His primary duty is to mentor Jennings. Teach some of those guys how to be professional. I’m sure that was a discussion he had with Dumars and/or Mo Cheeks before the trade happened.

  • KingBenjamin

    I have to disagree with you, Caldwell-Pope isn’t ready to start in an NBA game right now as his summer league play proved and as for Stuckey he’s been coming off the bench the last 2 seasons and has been Detroit’s 6th man the last 2 seasons, I don’t think that will change under Mo Cheeks as he provides a scoring punch off the bench and brings in a sense of urgency. I believe Stuckey and Caldwell-Pope will be the main guys off the bench for Detroit while Billups and Jennings share PG duties in the starting 5.

  • RKJ92

    Let me reiterate, BILLUPS WILL NOT START, everybody knows that man use your head, look up forums and what the coaches/analysts are saying Pope is starting over Stuckey because Stuckey has reached his ceiling, and they’re going to want to develop Pope as a player.