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Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:22 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 8:01 am
 
Billups could possibly be done for the season with a serious Achilles injury. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver

Update (Tuesday): The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Clippers' worst fears have been confirmed. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro told the paper that an MRI test has revealed a torn left Achilles' tendon for guard Chauncey Billups, an injury that will cause him to miss the rest of the 2011-2012 NBA season. 

The Clippers confirmed the news in a statement on their website on Tuesday.
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.

Billups, who was claimed off of amnesty waivers after he was released by the New York Knicks, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Original Post (Monday):

The Clippers' dream season might have been dealt a major blow.

With 5:48 left in the fourth quarter, Chauncey Billups injured his left Achilles tendon. But not just a tweak type of thing. Billups was helped off the court and didn't return.

According to the L.A. Times, Billups will be evaluated Tuesday when the team arrives in Cleveland.

“He’s going to be re-evaluated,” coach Vinny Del Negro told reporters after the game. “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.”

HoopsWorld reports that Billups could potentially be finished for the season.
Many of Billups teammates commented in the locker room that Billups 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 and walking with the aid of crutches and did not speak to media.

One of the Clippers coaches commented under his breath that losing Billups was “a damn shame” shaking his head.

Yahoo! Sports adds this via a source: "Doesn't look good. MRI tomorrow. I'm sick for him."

Obviously more information will be available Tuesday once Billups has all the necessary tests done, but if the Clippers have indeed lost Billups for the remainder of the season, that could change their positioning in the Western Conference. Not only is he a steady veteran player, but he's also their starting shooting guard. Subtract him and the Clippers' backcourt suddenly gets very thin with either Mo Williams or Randy Foye having to step into the starting five.

Billups, 35, would likely miss 12 to 16 months if it's an Achilles tear. Regardless of what it is, it appears to be a significant injury that will cost him some time. 

Comments

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Chauncey has more will power than anyone you know...I project him to be back by the beginning of the play-offs! In the interim, yes he will be a good coach for his teamates while he rehabs the heel!! May the force be with you "Mr Big-Shot"Cool



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

I am still saying Rodney Stucky is availalbe.  He might be big enough to guard Kobe some as well.  Please call the Palace and make an inquiry.

As a Pistons fan, I agree 100%. Clippers should make an offer for Stuckey, and while they are at it throw Prince in on the deal. I like Prince, and loved him as a Piston in his prime, but it is time to part ways. We have a good up and coming PG in Knight, and maybe we can get some good potential talent at some much needed positions. (PF, SF, even a good Center to go with Monroe).



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Billups is likely done period. The achilles is a nasty injury especially at his age. I think he would make a good coach.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:44 am
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

I am still saying Rodney Stucky is availalbe.  He might be big enough to guard Kobe some as well.  Please call the Palace and make an inquiry.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:26 am
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Every time I read about Billups it brings me back to the Rick Pitino years as the Celtics president and coach. He drafted Chauncey at #4 and then dumped him for nothing. Rick felt he would never be a good PG. Makes me want to hurl.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:29 am
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Gilbert Arenas, come on down!
Hadakiss there are a multitude of reasons why Gilbert Arenas finds himself sitting at home waiting for a team to call him for a workout. What team that is building something good this season like the Los Angeles Clippers are doing would want that idiot with the reputation of being a clubhouse cancer (see: gun pulling on teammates and bowel movements in teammates shoes) to destroy it all at in one fell swoop? The season ending injury to Chauncey Billups does indeed suck for the Clippers and leaves them with a huge void to fill. However, in my opinion there are other serviceable options out there (has anybody signed Ramon Sessions?) besides Gilbert Arenas to fill that point guard void.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:12 am
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

I'm a lifetime Piston hater, but always thought Billups was a totally class act. I was excited when he got onto a nice up and coming team like the Clips and helped them developed into a very good team, and then this injury. It's horrible injury at any age, much less someone on the other side of their prime. If this is the end of the career, it's a shame. Billups truly is a champion and class act, a throw back to the old school NBA players who played w/o raging egos and raging trash talk. 



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:51 am
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Gilbert Arenas, come on down!



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:46 am
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

mikeM- Agreed the NBA will miss Billups, but i doubt if he plays again.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:48 am
 

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

It's never good to read/hear when an athlete's season is over due to injury.

From a Heat fan, I will miss Billups this season. He's a quality point guard and I hope he has a fast recovery.


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