NBA Champion Chauncey Billups has recently retired from the NBA and is currently enjoying his retirement, AP said.
Billups struggled to stay healthy for the last 3 seasons of his NBA career – playing maximum of 20 games per season, and decided to call it quits. After retiring, former NBA star got a job as an analyst for ESPN.
Billups also now has more time to spend with his family.
”It’s funny, when I made the decision to shut it down, a lot of people said to me, ‘It must’ve been the hardest thing in the world to retire,”’ Billups said. ”It wasn’t the hardest thing in the world for me, because I did and accomplished every single thing I set out to accomplish and more.”
”I’ve done more than I ever imagined in the sport. When it was time for me to hang it up, I felt at peace. I felt at ease.”
For now, he wants to hang out with his family. Down the road, he hopes to either become an entrepreneur or maybe work in an NBA front office.
”I’ve always kind of said that was one of my desires, to maybe be in a position to run a franchise at some point,” said Billups, who spent the afternoon reading to kids at a local school as part of an open enrollment event by MetLife to encourage dental health. ”We’ll see if that happens one day.”
Billups also said that the Denver Nuggets proposed him to join the organization, maybe as the team’s ambassador, but Billups believes it’s not time yet. For now, he’s trying to enjoy his time away from basketball.
”My body was the key to letting me know, ‘OK, it’s over,’ because my mind is always willing,” said Billups. “However, getting out there is a different story. I probably could do a good job of playing right now. But I don’t know if I could sustain that through the whole season. I haven’t been able to in a few years. That’s a good indication that maybe it’s probably time.”
Throughout his NBA career, Billups played for Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, NY Knicks, and LA Clippers.
He played a total of 1043 NBA games (started in 937), averaging 15.2 ppg, 5.4 apg, shooting 89 percent from free throw line, in 31.6 mpg. Billups helped the Detroit Pistons win an NBA championship in 2003-04, and was named the Finals MVP. He also played in 5 All-Star games.Follow @exnbadotcom
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