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NBA / Sep 23, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Mentor Chauncey Billups, Helps Kyle Lowry Grow Wise

Kyle Lowry

If you’re a fan of hardscrabble basketball, then you’ve probably already fallen in love with the tough-nosed point out of Philly, Kyle Lowry. He’s bounced around the league since getting drafted in 2006, but finally found a home — and a new, four-year, $48 million contract — with the Raptors last season. A Lowry profile by Grantland’s estimable long-form writer Jonathan Abrams let us know that retired point guard Chauncey Billups played a big role in tempering Lowry’s tempestuous attitude, which didn’t really let Lowry catch on with a team until this past season north of the border. Read More »

NBA, We Reminisce / Sep 11, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Young Players Everywhere Should Take Notes on Chauncey Billups’ Career

Chauncey Billups, Andre Drummond

When news broke of Chauncey Billups’ retirement, my initial reaction was that I wanted to write a sprawling career retrospective about the guy who has, hands down, been my favorite basketball player since the turn of the millennium. But then, of course, Grantland re-published Jonathan Abrams’ fantastic profile of Billups from 2012 and left me floundering about how to approach this. I won’t spend time debating his Hall of Fame credentials, as my esteemed colleague has already made a solid argument in favor of. Instead, I thought I’d write something a little more personal. Read More »

instagram / Sep 10, 2014 / 11:00 am

Chris Paul’s Tribute To Chauncey Billups Predicts Hall Of Fame Induction

Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups announced he was retiring last night to Yahoo Sports. After the news broke, Clipper point guard and one-time Billups teammate, Chris Paul offered up a tribute commemorating his “big brother” and predicting a Springfield future for Billups. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 10, 2014 / 10:30 am

Chauncey Billups Retires, So Now We Debate His Hall Of Fame Credentials

Chauncey Billups, Marquis Teague

There’s some debate about his Mr. Big Shot moniker — particularly among the young on Twitter, who weren’t around during his prime — but Chauncey Billups really was one of the best at his position in the NBA, and his 2004 NBA Finals MVP is pretty conclusive proof. That said, the 37 year old has decided to call it quits, telling Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears last night, “It’s just time.” Read More »

Latest News, Twitter / Jun 5, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Report: Flip Saunders To Coach Timberwolves

Rick Adelman, Flip Saunders

Current ‘Wolves GM Flip Saunders has decided to also assign himself the role of coach for the Timberwolves after an unsuccessful search to replace Rick Adelman. It will be a return to the sidelines of sorts; Saunders coached the T-Wolves from 1995-2005. Read More »

NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Why Having A Scoring Point Guard Is Super Overrated

Russell Westbrook

The point guard position is commonly referred to as the player who initiates the team’s offense, the floor general. In recent history, the NBA’s infrastructure has undergone a makeover. Now, it’s all about a lightning quick pace and guards that can score the ball at will. While this has produced some exciting and flashy play, there is one critical argument that needs to be discussed with these point guards. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 8, 2014 / 12:59 pm

Video: Chauncey Billups Behind-The-Back Pass For ‘Dre Drummond Dunk

Chauncey Billups, Marquis Teague

The Nets traveled to Motown on Friday night and the Pistons showed them what they can do. Detroit exploded to a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back. Brandon Jennings scored 26 points to lead six different Pistons players with double-figures. But it was ol’ man point guard Chauncey Billups with the play of the night when he tossed a behind-the-back pass to Andre Drummond for the sick two-handed slam. Read More »

NBA / Jan 9, 2014 / 3:45 pm

The 15 Best Shooting Duos In NBA History

Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry

It’s rare when you can have two extremely gifted shooters on your team. The game just flows easier when you have multiple guys that can knock down shots from the stripe. After their breakout performances in last year’s playoffs, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (also known as “The Splash Brothers”) received the ultimate praise from their head coach Mark Jackson when he said in the Western Conference Semifinals last May, “I said I’ve got the greatest shooting backcourt that’s ever played the game.” Read More »

NBA / Nov 8, 2013 / 2:45 pm

Only 2 Things Stop Detroit From Being East’s Most Dangerous Team

Josh Smith

During the 2003-2004 NBA season, a bunch of ragtag veterans in Detroit shocked a star-laden team from Los Angeles by relying on stellar defense and smart, team-first basketball. They counteracted their below-league-average points per game scoring average and low field goal percentage by playing to their unique strengths, and doing it as one. This was the epitome of a “team.” Read More »

NBA / Nov 5, 2013 / 4:15 pm

The 20 Best Small-Ball Lineups In The NBA

Carmelo Anthony

Just a short year ago, we were blessed to watch the USA Men’s basketball team storm into London and pick apart each opponent with a variety of different tactics that emphasized speed and transition defense. Those lineups, at times, were sorely lacking in the height department. We would occasionally find the 6-8 Carmelo Anthony at the center position where he would rebound and “attempt” to guard opposing centers. Read More »