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Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:16 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 9:28 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Just a few months after the Knicks exercised their $14.2 million option on Chauncey Billups, they were turning around and using the amnesty clause to cut him and that $14.2 million off the salary cap.

Why? In order to sign big man Tyson Chandler, but the fact Billups was axed with seemingly no second thought, especially with the team not really having a point guard to replace him, was a bit surprising. Not just to us, but to him.

And he was ready to vent a bit about it. Via ESPN NY, Billups talked about getting waived, the Knicks, what his next plans are and where he wants to go.

On the Knicks: "I think they are probably a couple of pieces short, but I wont say what those pieces are." Presumably a point guard, right?

On his place within the organization: "From the first day I got there it was about who was going to be next point guard, without giving me a real chance. The whole deal with Denver was about Melo ... But I dont think the Knicks valued what else they got in the deal.

"If Im healthy versus Boston, we've got a really good chance in that series. But once I got hurt "it's like (the Knicks) forgot all about the impact I did have on that team."

Billups said that he doesn't see the Knicks succeeding by running the ball through Carmelo Anthony, "especially in Mike's system, where the point guard is so important."

Billups also played a strange "woe is me" card though saying that he's been through a lot and that the Knicks didn't give him a fair chance.

"I dont know of any player of my magnitude ... thats gone thru what I've gone through. Not one," he said. "It's not in my makeup to be selfish, but it just feel like this time i need to be a little more concerned with me ... I can go back 13, 14 years where everyone loves me and yet I'm always the one who pays the price."

What's next for him? He heads to the waiver wire where any team can claim him. If nobody does, then he'd become a free agent. But it's not that simple for Billups.

"If I get claimed by team I dont want to play for, I would absolutely consider retirment," he said. Would one of those teams possibly be the Heat?

"I want a chance to win, so any team that's playing for it all, I'd be interested in ... I'm still playing at a high level. I'm not interested in going somewhere to be a mentor coming off the bench."

The better the team, the better a chance Billups would get another shot at the team that seemingly cast him aside without much thought.

"I would like a chance at them, I'll tell you that much," he said. "I'd absolutely love that."

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:59 am

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks


Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:57 am

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks


Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:36 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

If he does not like the treatment "After a while, you just kind of get taken advantage of in these situations" then why didn't he recognize what is causing the issue and fight for change during the CBA. The issue is that owners are forced to trade their cry baby stars to glamour markets to protect some of their business and anyone that is not a top 10 name will get sucked into the stream. If you are not a top 10 NBA name, you should have pushed for a franchise tag and your ability to stay in a market and not be trade scraps would improve significantly.

If I were hiring, I wouldn't think that this is the type of employee comment that would entice me to bring a person to an interview even if knew that my company was at the top of their list. "This is about me now. This is about me, and teams should know that right now. I just don’t deserve the treatment that I’ve continually gotten".

Here is my wish...

I wish I had a chance to have a job that allowed me to have fun and get in the best shape of my life. A job that was a dream since I was a small boy. A dream job that I would enthusiastically do for a comfortable living making the same or slightly less than the salary of 95% of Americans since it would be a absolute blast. 

AMAZINGLY THOUGH... I find out that I actually make more money in ONLY 10 years (let alone 1 year making $15MM for not working) than anyone could ever imagine, with the chance to live the rest of my life with enough money to take care of family, friends, random people in need, etc.!

I would say "I just don't deserve this" as a thank you to God praising Him for my fortune and chance to live the most amazing dream.

FINAL, FINAL comment.

In the infamous words of Chauncy "After a while, you just kind of get taken advantage of in these situations", I am willing to offer my services for 1 year contract that you will immediately realease me from in return for 1 year of not working. While I will understand that you are taking advantage of me, you will pay me $15MM but will allow me go home to the beautiful state of Colorado with my wife and kids and retire at the useless old age of 38. I know, I know, I must do nothing but enjoy life. 

It will be difficult but I will learn to deal.

Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:17 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

I wish Chauncey all the best.  He's a great player, in an unfortunate situation.  As a die hard Knicks fan, I loved having him on the squad,  but I can totally see the benefit of keeping him as well as the benefit of letting him go for Chandler.  Our biggest issue last year was defense, and rebounding.  Now a case can be made that since we had Felton and then Chauncey we didn't have a particular need for a PG, but we did have a glaring need for a big man that could lock down the inside all year. If Douglas can turn the corner this year, then cutting Chauncey will be a good thing, if not, well then I hope Melo can run point....

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:30 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

There are two entities getting screwed here.

1.  Chauncey helped take the Pistons from contender to champion during his years as PG. Yet, he got dealt by the Pistons' organization for no good reason. Then he helps get Denver get to the Western Conference Finals in 2009 only to become the "throw-in" piece in the Knicks Melodrama. Now NY basically cuts him without giving him a chance.

2.  But the Knicks organization just screwed itself.  Billups is bigger, stronger, and more reliable in the clutch than Bibby, and he's likely going to Miami.    Miami
would easily win the guard battle.  Billups > Bibby, Wade > Landry.

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:51 am

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks


I am an avid Chauncey Billups Fan and have been from the days when he first came to the Pistons and everyone was counting him out, but as usual he reformed his game to make those around him better. Chauncey is a winner and any team that has his services will definitely prosper. I keep reading everyone bashing Carmelo and Amare over something that was in no way the result of their actions, but more the desires of a GM who inherited the project of a Basketball Mastermind (Donnie Walsh), was thrown into the seat to try and complete the job that was being successfully orchestrated by his predecessor but he has no clue of what he is doing. The X's and O's of what Chauncey brings to the table are unmatched by any other PG in the game with a resume that includes NBA Champion, Finals MVP, 5 time All-star, 2 time All NBA Defensive team #2 and exceptional personal statistics that as well highlight his value. Throughout the NBA we are seeing more and more the lack of value placed the older more seasoned veterans who of course have their liabilities when it comes to injuries, but have the intangibles that are not recorded in the statistical logs like leadership, maturity and professionalism. Even Charles Barkley made a statement of how no teams seem to have the veteran leadership that was the normal when he was a rookie coming into the league and being led by Julius Irving, Moses Malone, Moe Cheeks… Today’s veteran leadership is much more watered down like Miami has a group of 27 yr. olds in Wade and Lebron who at that age lack the vast knowledge of say a Jason Kidd, Grant Hill or a Steve Nash.

Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:44 am

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

He has a ring, doesn't need it.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:25 am

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

Full circle could bring him back to the Celtics.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:18 am

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

The whole system sucks...they should have canceled the season and worked out ALL the issues..
How is it that a team can trade a number of players, and then buy out the contract of the player that does not want to be there, onlly to have the team he was traded from pick him back up....

I have no problem with a player wanting to play for a specific team, just like the lakers and Paul...why not allow the trade...Kobe ain't all that young anymore and well you know the rest....

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:43 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

No offense to Chauncey, but any team that sports Stoudamire and Anthony WILL be able to compete. That said, I find it perplexing also, unless of course the Knicks know something that we don't (CP3?).  I believe the Lakers would be wise to persue Billups as a temporary fix to their point guard situation.
Did Phoenix or Denver ever have any success in the playoffs? Carmelo is a me first player, shoot first... Amare has bad knees and isn't going to lead anyone to a championship. Knicks won't be able to get past The Celtics, Heat or The Bulls anytime soon. They may be able to beat them, but in a 7 game series? No way.

And now they sign Mike Bibby? are you kidding me? Did anyone watch Bibby last year for The Heat? 

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