When last we saw Chauncey Billups, the veteran point guard was playing sparingly for the Detroit Pistons last season. Which is what he did for the Clippers for a couple seasons before that. In Los Angeles he was sort of an additional assistant coach, someone who could guide a then growing Clippers team into playing the right way.
But on the court he’s never been the same since blowing out his Achilles tendon. Billups worked hard to get back on the court, but he lost some explosiveness and could only make up for so much of that with his hoops IQ.
Cleveland might be able to use a guy to play a few minutes and be provide a lot of veteran stability in the locker room, and they might pick up Billups reports Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.
Honestly, the media makes more sense to me — he’s be a fantastic analyst. But based on what I’ve seen and the ball handlers in Cleveland, he’d be an assistant coach by any other name. Billups is a legend of the game — a seven-time All-Star, a Finals MVP, a 17-year-veteran — but father time always wins the race.
Consider this something to watch. Billups may not be ready to walk away.
The Nets have been without a general manager since January 10, when Billy King stepped down coinciding with the firing of head coach Lionel Hollins. Since then, a few names have come up in rumors about their search, including Danny Ferry, who appears to be out of the running. But there may be a new GM in place soon.
Via Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post:
Not that the Nets will be able to do much at the deadline, since they don’t really have a lot to trade that will be of interest to other teams, and at 13-38 they’re already essentially out of playoff contention. But having a GM in place will allow them to get a head start on planning for the offseason, which will include free agency, hiring a new coach, scouting for the draft … actually, forget that last part.
The Spurs beat the Mavericks by 26 points on Friday night, a game all of the Dallas players would love to forget. But there was a funny moment for rookie big man Salah Mejri: after a dunk, he appeared to yell something at the San Antonio bench. Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan were completely nonplussed.
For what it’s worth, Mejri later tweeted that he wasn’t intending to be disrespectful.
Hassan Whiteside recorded a triple-double last night against the Hornets, and his tenth block was particularly impressive. He didn’t so much block Marvin Williams‘ layup attempt as pluck it out of the air with one hand. It almost looks like it should count as a block, rebound and steal at the same time.
The NBA world has taken notice of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Thursday night’s home game against the Knicks on TNT, Pistons players wore warmup shirts that read “FLINT NOW,” and the organization announced a $500,000 donation towards providing clean water for residents of the town.
Former Pistons great and general basketball legend Rasheed Wallace went even further, according to a tweet from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina:
Sheed obviously has a connection to Michigan, having played in Detroit for six years (including on the 2004 title team) and serving as an assistant coach for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. This was an incredible gesture by him for the residents of a town that has been without drinkable water for a long time.