Quantcast
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  42 responses

Chauncey Billups Expects to Be the Pistons’ Starting Point Guard


Despite his self-confidence, Brandon Knight has some stiff competition going into next season in Detroit. Chauncey Billups says that he expects to become the starting point guard for the Pistons once again. Per ABC 12 and the Detroit News: “Talked to Chauncey one on one … He told me he expects to start at point guard for the Detroit Pistons [...] ‘It was, for one, validation for me because I kept making All-Star teams and making teams better,’ said Billups, who has played for the Nuggets, Knicks and Clippers since leaving Detroit. ‘I didn’t want to see the Pistons suffer, but at the same time I wanted people to know why it was what it was.’ He spoke with an slight edge to reporters gathered at The Palace’s West Atrium, where he was initially greeted by cheers and applause from Palace employees and some season-ticket holders. [...] ‘I think leadership is severely, severely undervalued, and I felt like that being undervalued led them to making the move they made and it cost them,’ Billups said. ‘I didn’t want to see it cost them like this as a lifetime Piston, but I do want people to know the impact I made on the franchise.’ The relationship between a very strong-willed player and a strong-willed general manager was more mentor-mentee than employee-superior, and he felt he was owed more by Pistons president Joe Dumars. A phone call started the process of healing. The two men wouldn’t have been sitting side by side Tuesday if the seeds of reconciliation had not been sewn. ‘I just needed to hear him apologize for how it went down, to kind of stand on it, and he did that,’ Billups said. ‘As a man, I can’t do anything but respect that. Because I had to know it was nothing personal, it was what he thought was a good business move. But we had a personal relationship. I forgave Joe for all of that and we moved forward. I’m great.’ [...] The old man has begun reclaiming things that were previously synonymous with his name during his time in Detroit. Andre Drummond has already given up the number 1 to the Finals MVP, and quite easily, it should be noted, although the team had to get clearance from the league for the change because it was well past the initial deadline. But the other thing, that starting point guard spot, is what Billups is also expecting to again make his own come opening night. ‘That pride, competitiveness doesn’t go with age,’ said Billups, who’ll turn 37 years old before the season begins. ‘I feel like I’m gonna give us the best chance to win basketball games in the starting point guard role.’”

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , ,

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    What will happen to Stuckey or Bynum’s minutes?

  • Shifty

    Really? Starting? jeez

  • Caboose

    Oh this is gonna be good…

  • Feez_22

    If he can be a starter playing 20MPG then cool. Brandon knight needs to be taught how to play PG by a vet anyways. he severely needs guidance.

  • Feez_22

    Chances are stuckey is traded before the season starts. He has already been reportedly offered up in 2 trades (rudy gay and i think rondo?) so he is clearly no longer in their plans.

    Bynum’s mins on the other hand… He probably will see a dip. However, the player that will see the biggest dip is brandon knight i believe.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Didn’t see this coming. Thought they’d bring him off the bench so he can be sort of a mentor but not take minutes away from Knight. Hope this doesn’t mean Peyton Siva won’t get signed.

  • BugEyes

    I think it’s a great idea, play knight at the 2 and haves billups guard the bigger guard, and with Greg Monroe I think they can move the ball around spurs like. that team that beat the Lakers was awesome billups prince Hamilton and the 2 Wallace’s

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I think he stabilizes the starting lineup. Two low post forces similar to the championship team and a defensive all-around stud at the three, and they’re a lethal mid-range threat a la Rip away from being an 04 Pistons clone

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol. Chauncey shouldn’t even be playing NBA basketball anymore. Starting? Starting at Point Guard? Uhhhhhh

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I wish you were right but I don’t think so. That team was insane and I truly enjoyed watching them but this team is far from mirroring them. Knight is not where near the floor general Billups was and even if Billups plays more it’s been 10 years since then and he’s lost a lot in his step. Obviously you pointed out the SG position so I won’t address that. Josh Smith though great defensively like Prince was he isn’t a threat from 3. Greg Monroe needs to stretch his range out a little more so he can open up space in the paint like Sheed did. Drummond is raw so he gets a pass but he’s not the defensive stopper Ben was but in fairness he’s only got one year under his belt.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they are having a ton of trouble finding a team that values Stuckey as highly as Detroit does.

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Yeah, but hello nostalgia right?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I hope you’re right man.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    That was Detroits first mistake. Actually having value in Stuckey.

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    On a more serious note though, If Brandon Knight can become at least 90% of what Chauncey was, then this team has a future as scary as the Warriors’.

  • Jagga

    Why not, if healthy he can run a team better than most point guards in the league..

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I have high hopes for Knight. Tha’ts why I’m not that upset that Billups is on the team. Every young PG needs a veteran PG to teach them the ins and outs of the position. This team is scary now with all the athleticism but as we all know it takes more than just that to be a serious threat. We shall see but needless to say I’m excited to watch them next year.

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I expect a lot of dunks, blocks and alley-oops, given how athletic they are with Chauncey running the point.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Have you watched him play basketball since he tore his achilles? I’m not questioning his skills or abilities as a leader. Just physically, he is not an NBA level athlete anymore. I get the idea behind him being a role player and locker room guy. But starter? Uhm, that’s a terrible idea.

  • King David

    Chauncey is absolutely right, Knicks should have never amnestied him

  • Feez_22

    True. However, he is an expiring so you never know. maybe a team that wants some type of salary cap relief for 2014 may still take stuckey + a draft pick or a stuckey + charlie (both expirings) for some other assets the pistons can flip in the future. I’m just speculating lol but it could happen i think.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He definitely has value I’m not trying to say he’s worthless. He’s just not good enough to be the centerpiece in a trade for an all star. Which is what Detroit been trying to do.

  • Feez_22

    Definitely i agree. I think detroit should flip him maybe for a different vet or maybe in the purported sign and trade with milwaukee and brandon jennings. I think milwaukee wouldn’t fret maybe a jennings for another expiring since they are already tanking lol. I dunno i’m just on a espn trade ticker rampage lol but anything is possible. But ya i agree… there is no way a team would trade a star like rondo or w/e for stuckey.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They need a PG. I wouldn’t be opposed to Jennings if it doesn’t cost over $12 to get him. Either way, a PG rotation of Billups/Knight/Bynum is a train wreck. Brandon Knight is a Leandro Barbosa clone being labelled as a PG

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    As do hopefully that will translate to some wins.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i like the direction of the pistons, but their back court could be one of the 3 worst in the league

  • shockexchange

    While we’re sharing unrealistic expectations … as a kid, the Shock Exchange expected to be Lola Falana’s man. *Welp*

  • Dfrance

    I like Chauncey, I really do. But ever since he got that “Mr. Big Shot” title, his cockiness went to a WholeNuthaLevel.

  • bike

    “No man is rich enough to buy back his past”.

    Oscar Wilde.

  • Feez_22

    I agree definitely on the billups/knight/bynum thing. Knight is def no point guard for sure at this point. I don’t know if chauncey can teach him but maybe his influence does something to get knight in the right direction. I think jennings will get just over what teague got. maybe 10M a year if a team gives him an offer sheet.

  • shockexchange

    The Wizards are going to make the playoffs; its a forgone conclusion and Martell’s 11.4 ppg are going to tip the scales. If he averaged only 11.3 ppg then their playoff appearance may be in jeopardy.

  • shockexchange

    The Wizards are going to make the playoffs; its a forgone conclusion and Martell’s 11.4 ppg are going to tip the scales. If he averaged only 11.3 ppg then their playoff appearance may be in jeopardy.

  • shockexchange

    The Wizards are going to make the playoffs; its a forgone conclusion and
    Martell’s 11.4 ppg are going to tip the scales. If he averaged only
    11.3 ppg then their playoff appearance may be in jeopardy.

  • shockexchange

    The Wizards are going to make the playoffs; its a forgone conclusion and
    Martell’s 11.4 ppg are going to tip the scales. If he averaged only
    11.3 ppg then their playoff appearance may be in jeopardy.

  • fruizm

    Didnt Brandon Knight die last season though??

  • Guest

    Honestly, Chauncey should not be playing in the nba anymore. And he wants to start?! Yeah, he`s delusional.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i appreciate the insight, but this is the wrong thread

  • Max

    If they do like the Knicks did with Kurt Thomas there will be no problem, but otherwise?

  • Jagga

    He averaged around 13 points since he played after his injury that’s not bad also with the knowledge he has is probably top 10 in basketbal knowledge wise l lets not put him out. But I understand your point of view he’s pretty injury prone now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    What? He averaged 8 points man. And shot 40% from the field. Plus he only played 19 minutes a night.

  • shockexchange

    SLAM hit me with the Jedi Mind Trick and made me respond to the wrong article.

  • Jagga

    Your right my fault I was thinking the season before but this year I promise you it’s gonna be different I see him playing at least 50 or more games. Your probably think why I’m defending him it because he was my favorite player lol. His pistons were the reason I got into watching nba lol

Advertisement