Chauncey Billups never once thought he wouldn’t play again when first hurt, and throughout the rehab of his torn achilles tendon.
“Just get back up, you know. When you’re down, just get back up.” said when he first realized the severity of his injury.
5 time NBA All Star and NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups hurt his achilles tendon just when the Clippers had a hot start to the season, and he knew right away it was severe.
“I’ve had so many twisted and sprained ankles and things like that. I knew right way that it was different. I couldn’t get back up. couldn’t really move it, didn’t feel it.So we got back to the locker room, and the docotr basically did a couple tests and said we gotta fix your achilles,” Billups said.
“Right away I was just so disappointed. Just so disappointed. I thought the team was playing great. We had finally kind of got it going. I was playing great. Playing well, and I just initially thought about what the coming months would bring. It would just be me, being away from the game. Automically you start thinking about, this is my free agent year, you know this is a big year for me, and a big time for me. Just a dissapointmet It’s just tough, it’s just tough. Once I got over that, it really didn’t take long.”
Many reporters drew the immediate conclusion that this injury would be career ending for Billups, but he never bought into that.
“I never looked at it like I wouldn’t make it back. Never not one day, thought that, or said that.”
What the Clippers and Billups decide to do about his impending free agency is hard to say, but Billups is a proven worker and champion. To count him out too soon, might come back to bite you.