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Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Five time NBA All-Star and 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups has announced his retirement from the NBA after playing for 17 seasons. Billups played for eight teams throughout his career, he led the Detroit Pistons to an NBA Championship in 2004 and was one of the most clutch guards of his generation, earning the nickname “Mr.Big Shot”.

“It’s just time” Billups told Yahoo Sports:


“My mind and my desire is still strong. I just can’t ignore the fact that I haven’t been healthy for three years. I can try again and get to a point where I think I can go, but I just can’t sustain. Me not being able to play the way that I can play, that’s when you kind of know it’s that time.

“It’s just time. I’m happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process.”

Billups last played for the Pistons in the 2013-14 season, however, he battled injuries all season appearing in just 19 games. Billups was a late bloomer, once he learned his role in the NBA, he became one of the most successful guards of his generation. The Pistons became one of the greatest teams in Eastern Conference history going to six straight Eastern Conference Finals with Billups as the point guard.

Mr.Big Shot will go down as one of the greatest players in franchise history for the Pistons.

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