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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 10, 2011 11:23 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

lol I've been watching billups since he was traded to denver, he's bad, people give him more credit than melo, you need to calm downbro.  I promise I've watched billups play more games than you have. 

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:58 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks


Given the idiocy of your comments, which clearly demonstrate you know less than crap about basketball, I suspect that you created a new account here just so you could bleat your opinion without manning up. If I'm wrong, and you really believe what you typed, then it's even worse: You're not an annoying troll, you're a flaming [expletive deleted].

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:51 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

I loved Chauncey from the moment I saw him step on the court as a Piston, and I've always considered the man to be a class act. But... while I understand his reaction to being summarily dismissed by a team that never seemed to understand his value, I'm still disappointed by the tone of his comments.

Billups has earned the right to decide how his career plays out, but retiring in a huff  --no matter how ill-used he feels-- doesn't seem like the attitude I would have expected out of the man.  I'm sure I'm missing something, as I don't have any real idea what it's like to be an elite athlete, but I'd look at being claimed on waivers this way: No matter what the team situation, I'd know I was truly wanted. If you truly love the game, spending the last 2-3 years mentoring your successors, being paid by a team that was happy to have you, seems like a fine way to close out a helluva career.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:43 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

lol underrated yeah right, you meant overrated

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:41 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

melo would be a better point guard then you billups

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:40 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

Chauncy is the most underrated player in the NBA and has been for years. All he does is win everywhere he goes. He's still a top 10 PG and has a good 2 years left in him. If he clears waivers and the Heat pick him up it's over. They will be unbeatable. Chauncy addresses every weakness the Heat have. He is and always has been one of the best 3pt shooters in the league which is something Miami needs desperatly. He's a leader on and off the floor, has great basketball IQ, and even at 35 is very driven to win. His ability is not the reason he is being passed over... it's his age and $14.2m cap hit. The Knicks may very well have dug their own grave by releasing him if he clears waivers. Chauncy will be leading the Heat to the championship while New York is paying his salary.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:39 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

That is just silliness.  Chauncey Billups can run the point for any team in the league.  He was very fluid within D'Antoni's system.  Yes, he arrived mid-season and it took him a while to get in sync with the other players, so that is why he didn't have that much of an impact come playoff time when he was injured.   He truly is one of the most underrated guys in the game and I can understand his frustration.  You trade a guy from a team you know he loves playing for in the Nuggets as an after-thought because of Carmelo?  Billups was making an impact in this league long before Anthony was thought of.  There will be a team out there who could put his ability to good use. I can see him on a team like the Atlanta Hawks if they are smart.  He would get his fair share of payback with them.  Another team I think he could gel with would be Memphis as they are having real quandries as to who their guy is.  Then Memphis could turn around and get value for one or more of their younger unprovens at the position.  If he went West and Chris Paul is on the fence he could pick up thei Hornet system and not miss a beat while Jarrett Jack gets his feet wetter coming off the bench.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:35 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

Of course, this will sound like sour grapes, because it is.  That's not to say he doesn't have a point, and frankly I don't blame him for being upset.  But this is a business...he'll have to be happy while sitting at home with his $14.2 million.  If he's mentioning retirement after this, maybe that says it all about his drive.

Royce, or CBSSports, you really need to do a better job proofreading.  There are a bunch of punctuation marks missing, misspelled words, even a word missing.  It just looks very sloppy...the linked-to ESPN NY article did a better job.  The articles are mostly the same, but "If I get claimed by team", spelling "through" as "thru" just looks rushed and sloppy. 

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:32 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

the moral of the story is dont get hurt before a big playoff series....players who get hurt shouldnt get paid $14mill....sorry...just reality

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:26 pm

Billups would consider retirement, rips Knicks

The Knicks were already in the playoffs before he got there and he got hurt during the series and they got swept. If a team is interested in a mid 30's point guard who was never great in his 20's he is your man.

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