Ever since he became a star point guard with the Pistons and Nuggets, people have been telling Chauncey Billups he’d make a good coach. But Billups had a different dream job in retirement – running an NBA front office.
Well – despite dalliances with the Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Pistons – he hasn’t landed an executive job yet.
But becoming an NBA head coach with no coaching experience? As Steve Nash just showed with the Nets, that can be done.
So, even though it’s not his ideal role, Billups might settle for a different premier job.
Former NBA champion and five-time All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups is interested in pursuing an NBA head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Billups, 43, has toyed with the idea of leading a team from the sidelines since retiring in 2014, but now it appears he’s fully invested in making the jump a reality, sources said.
Billups has plenty of skills that’d make him a good NBA coach. He possesses high basketball intelligence, both offensively and defensively. He knows what it’s like to be a role player and a star. He connects well with people. He communicates clearly.
However, he has no coaching experience. There would be new challenges he’d have to confront on the job.
Teams could do worse than taking a chance on Billups. But – especially for a roll of the dice – he might not come cheap. If willing to spend, teams should generally prioritize luring proven good coaches. That’s the catch-22 with Billups.
Of course, some teams might prefer the splashy, high-upside hire. Billups qualifies – and is apparently ready.