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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, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:26 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

This isn't the worst thing for Lob City because Eric Bledsoe should be coming back from an injury soon. 



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:17 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

The schedule is causing harm to these players...more of this will happen and will happen to the marquee players too...too many games compacted into this season...mark my words...top players will get hurt this year from this schedule




Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:10 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

A couple of romex staples and he'll be fine. Too bad it wasn't monkeyface McFlopper.

Billups is a real good guy and I hope he makes it back soon.



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:50 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

I just traded him yesterday before lineups locked, talk about timing.



Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:38 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

Im curious.

 

What about this is bittersweet?

 

 




Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:26 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

Injuries like this should be occuring more often this season.  Three games in three nights is a dangerous schedule for the human body.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:19 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

Subtract him and the Clippers' backcourt suddenly gets very thin with either or having to step into the starting five.


So they have the once All-Star in Mo Williams, who is playing VERY WELL. A solid combo guard in Randy Foye. And STILL have the very young and talented Bledsoe about to come off injury. How does that make for a VERY THIN backcourt Mr. Royce Young?




Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:40 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

I agree with the Clippers coach.. It is a "damn shame" for Chauncey. He has been one of my favorite players since his day here with the Pistons. I hated to see him leave here, but now hate the fact that we may not see him play again even more... Get Well Chauncey.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:17 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

This strike marred NBA season is a carbon copy of the near strike marred NFL season. No off-season conditioning. limited training camop, and limited exhibition season for both and the result....tons of serious injuries, mainly to the liower body. This should serve as a lesson to any league who attempts to try this again, that there is no subsistute for CONDITIONED athletes, because when the games start they're going go play as if they were conditioned, and risk injury for several weeks until they get up to their normal playing condition. Once again, gred on the part of players/owners trumps common sense and player safety.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:50 am
 

Chauncey Billups tore Achilles, done for season?

Hopefully this isn't the last time that we get to see "Mr.Big-Shot" on a NBA court,but if it's a full tear of his Achilles as reported....this might by the end for him,especially with his age(35) being added into the equation. FrownFrownFrown


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