Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:45 pm

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The Los Angeles Clippers received more bad news this week as the team will reportedly be without veteran guard Chauncey Billups for the start of the season as he continues to nurse a torn Achilles tendon he tore in February, according to Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Billups, 35, started 20 games for the Clippers last season before going down with the injury less than two months into the lockout year. Despite being on the downside of his career, the former NBA Finals MVP averaged 14.9 points and four assists in 30 minutes per game last season for Los Angeles.

The bad news for the team’s backcourt comes on the heels of Tuesday’s announcement that the Clippers’ All-Star franchise point guard Chris Paul will be sidelined for eight weeks following August thumb surgery from an injury he sustained during Olympic play this summer. He is expected to miss training camp as well as the preseason and could be on the bench with Billups at the start of the season, which tips off for the Clippers on Halloween in a home game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

With these two injuries, the team may have to start the season with Eric Bledsoe and the recently-acquired Jamal Crawford in the backcourt. Blake Griffin, who signed a five-year contract extension worth nearly $100 million this offseason, had knee surgery after an injury he suffered in the days leading up to the London Olympics. The silver lining for the team right now is that he is expected to be ready for training camp.


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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby KBJelleyBean24 on Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:09 am

Clipper Curse? :man9:
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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby Murdock on Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:36 am

That guy is the key player for them ... I like billups but he makes them soooo much better ... it's good he isn't playing for them ... wish we had him
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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby MadMax on Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:23 am

I don't think he's going to come back as half the player he was before that injury.
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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby PurpleNGold1 on Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:44 am

MadMax wrote:I don't think he's going to come back as half the player he was before that injury.

AGREED IT HURTS ME TO SAY THIS BUT MEMBER RICK FOX HOW HE DISSAPEARED SO QUIK AFTER THAT INJURY SAME THING HERE AGE AND INJURYS DONT MESH WELL MAINLY ON THE ACHILIES
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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:39 pm

Not really a big deal. Thev have plenty of depth in the backcourt to make up for Chauncey's absence.
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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby Weezy on Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:28 pm

Sucks for them a little bit in the short term, but not really in the grand scheme of things. They're good enough to win without him, and when he comes back he'll be more rested and less worn out by the time the playoffs come around, so it's probably a good thing in the end.
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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby Rooscooter on Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:35 pm

22 year olds have difficulty coming back from an achilles tear..... He will be a shell of what he was before the injury I'm afraid..... I wish him the best.... he's a winner on a cursed team unfortunately.....
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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby therealdeal on Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:07 pm

Like others have said, I just can't see him coming back and being the same player he was. He could definitely be a similar leader and a similar teammate, but as a player he will almost certainly not come back as strong as he was.

Billups for them is a huge help. Paul isn't the same kind of leader that Billups is, I think he's probably more of a Kobe type of leader than a Nash or a Gasol per se. They need Billups' calm and soothing presence in the locker room.
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Re: Chauncey Billups Out Until November

Postby jimbo327 on Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:18 pm

It's the Clippers.
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