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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. 


Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:46 am

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

This is terrible news for the Clippers and even worse news for Chauncey. As one of the few stand-up gentleman left in the NBA, Billups will be sorely missed.  Here's hoping that the surgery is successful and that the injury is not career-threatening.  The NBA needs more players like Chauncey Billups.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:35 am

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Most likely the end to a great career. 
pooh- Agreed!! Clips will miss Billups, particularly down the stretch. He gave my Nugs some solid seasons.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:00 am

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

in regulare season the loss of BIllups doesn't matter anyway....Mo would be better!...the problem could be in playoff where his expenrience will be missed..especially if a game in on the line  

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:50 am

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

How quickly lob city can turn to hob city!!!

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:49 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

He is not just done...he will retire now...too old to recuperate and be ready to contribute as he gets closer to 40....time to hang them up...compact season ended his career

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:03 pm
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Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:58 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

I remember when the Clippers picked Billups up and most people on this board thought it was a stupid move because he was past his prime and not even good enough to come off the bench, and now it is a huge deal that he out for the season.

It sucks to see such a class act, and outstanding all around players career possibly end this way. I loved wachng him play for the Pistons. Trading "Big Shot" Billups for "Its all about me" Iverson was possibly the dumbest move Dumars made. The only other one that comes close was drafting Darko, because had he drafted any other big name in that available the Pistons more that likely would have had a dynasty.

At any rate, I hope Billups comes back from this. I hope this is not the last we see of this guy, he is on of the best all around PG ever IMO. He could run a team as good as anybody in his prime, and he was a shutdown defender as well. PG that could do what he could on both sides of the court dont come along very often. 

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:45 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

I think the Clippers can cover the loss of billups that actually had good depth at guard matter of fact they had one or two good guards not getting to many minutes eric bledsoe, mo williams and randy foye will make up for the loss of billups just fine and who knows they might just go after JR Smith when hes done in China

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:45 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

I will add my sadness for Chauncey and the Clipper fans. After so many years of misery those fans finally have a winner. They still look good for a playoff berth but Chauncey gave them that additional scorer and passer to play alongside of Paul and Mo. It is still a short season and there may be other teams that also suffer loss (hoping not for them) Many analysts predicted more injuries from the schedule and shortened training camps. That does not assuage the Clippers. They have still lost a really good player who did earn a ring in Detroit. Get well Chauncey. We will miss you.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:25 pm

Chauncey Billups (torn Achilles) done for season

Most likely the end to a great career. 

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