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April 15, 2015 Updates

With keen instincts for all the angles that make all the difference between success and failure on the basketball court, Billups is far too smart to accept a no-win job as coach of the Nuggets. If his goal was the daunting task of coaching a bad NBA team, Billups told me Tuesday he could already be set as the lead man on the Minnesota bench for next season. Flip Saunders tried to entice Billups to join the Timberwolves last year as the team's associate head coach, with the understanding Billups would take over the No. 1 job for the 2015-16 season, after a 12-month apprenticeship under Saunders. Denver Post

"In any rebuilding process, I feel like there's probably going to be two or three coaches. And I don't want to be that guy," said the 38-year-old Billups, while standing in the Nuggets' arena, where he served as the keynote speaker at the 39th annual Boy Scouts Sports Breakfast. "I don't want to be fired after two seasons and risk never getting another opportunity to coach." Denver Post

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Billups, who now is an analyst for ESPN, doesn’t understand why the decision was up to Anthony on when to have season-ending knee surgery as well. “I said it all weekend, I wasn’t crazy about his decision to play in the All-Star Game and not play for his own team,” Billups said on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “My thing is if you are hurt and you know you are going to shut it down, just get the surgery and make that commitment that the Knicks made to him and just get better and not worry about playing for the fans and the All-Star Game. I thought it was poor judgment but to each his own.” ESPN.com

“I enjoyed playing with Melo in the years I had with him,” Billups said. “My perception of him [is] he really needed my guidance, he needed my leadership. I don’t know that he quite knew how to lead a team or a franchise but at that time he was young. I can’t expect him to. He was already a great player but he is best served when he doesn’t have to be the leader of the team. ESPN.com

February 15, 2015 Updates

Nor should his injuries change Kobe’s style, says Chauncey Billups, another legendary locker-room leader who had to battle through injuries at the end of his career but was brought into teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers to help teach a young team to win. “No, it doesn’t,” Billups told me during All-Star weekend about whether his injuries changed the way he tried to lead. “The way you lead is who you are. It’s who you are no matter if you’re coming to the game in a suit, you’re on the sidelines cheering guys on, or if you’re dressed to play. That’s just who you are, it’s instinctual. “So no, (an injury) doesn’t change the way you lead. Not at all.” NBC Sports

February 3, 2015 Updates

Of all the point guards that have connected at some point in your life as a pro -- Aaron Brooks in Houston, Mike Conley in Memphis, Chauncey Billups as a mentor -- which has had the greatest impact on you for playing the position? Kyle Lowry: I mean, of course, Chaunce. I think that's just someone I kind of tried to mold my game after to a certain extent. And I always said, he always challenged me to be better than he was. And I would always take that as, not a person challenge, but come on, you're my young guy. I'm passing the torch to you. You see what I did; now follow my footsteps and make me proud. To have a guy like that who wants you to follow in his footsteps is pretty cool. NBA.com

January 7, 2015 Updates
December 26, 2014 Updates

"I wish they wouldn't have traded away Chauncey the first time," Stuckey said today at The Palace, where he'll take the floor as a visitor for the first time when his Indiana Pacers play the Pistons. "To be honest with you. I wish they would have took the San Antonio Spurs' philosophy of keeping all their vets, getting younger guys around their vets, and doing it that way. You see how successful they are. "After Chauncey left, that's when everything went downhill. He was the glue that kept everything together, kept everybody accountable. Once you trade that away, you see what happens. Everything was just a domino effect after that." Booth Newspapers

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October 14, 2014 Updates

SI.com has learned that Chauncey Billups has been hired by ESPN to work as a studio analyst for the upcoming NBA season. Billups will appear on NBA Tonight, SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast and ESPN Radio, among other ESPN properties. Sports Illustrated

“I’m the kind of guy who has to be two feet in if I am going to give my best effort so broadcasting is something I looking at long-term,” said Billups, 37. “This is what I want to do and the avenue I want to take. At the moment, I’m not thinking about working in an NBA front office or coaching or anything else. I’m thinking about being the best I can be at ESPN in the studio.” Sports Illustrated

Chris Dempsey: The Nuggets would love to bring Chauncey Billups into their front office, but it's not going to happen this season. Billups has long said he's not necessarily into coaching, so don't look for that to happen. Right now he's taking time off to be with his family, and I've been told to expect to see him in some sort of TV basketball analyst capacity for this coming season. Then, the Nuggets will likely revisit that situation in the coming months. Denver Post

October 9, 2014 Updates

Billups was the perfect mentor for a young point guard, and the perfect leader for any team. So when Billups was traded to Denver for Allen Iverson one week into the 2008-09 season, Stuckey suffered for it. “Once Chauncey was traded, everything went downhill from there,” Stuckey said. “Chauncey was the glue who held everything together. Once he was traded, it was a domino effect. One thing after another. Something happened, then this happened, that happened. So it was tough, you know? “You go from this guy who's been an All-Star and Finals MVP to a guy like Allen Iverson who's a completely different type of player. Chauncey was the leader, the role model. Allen Iverson was a scorer, a guy who just gets buckets. He can give you 40 if you want him to. And then you have Rip (Hamilton) on the other side that you need to get the ball to and you can't forget about Tayshaun (Prince). It was a tough situation. It was a lot that was thrown at one person at one time. I was just trying to figure stuff out. But it happened the way it happened. You learn from each experience.” NBA.com

September 30, 2014 Updates

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