Billups hoping to get second 'Chaunce' with Knicks
Chauncey Billups is anxious to experience being part of the Knicks — and seeing what they can do — for a full season.
Billups, who missed the final three-plus games of the Celtics series
with a strained tendon in his left knee, said yesterday he hopes the
Knicks pick up his $14 million option for next season. The veteran point
guard also declared his 34-year-old body is still in superb condition.
"Yeah, sure," Billups said when asked if he wanted to be back. "I
would love the opportunity to really try it up with these guys and not,
like, play 30 games after a trade. Like, really have a season. Have an
opportunity to really get a fair shake with these guys. I would love
With their season now over, the Knicks have until Friday to
determine whether to exercise the option. Billups is still an excellent
point guard, in terms of production (16.8 points, 5.4 assists) as well
as intelligence, experience and offense orchestration. He did, however,
sustain two injuries during his brief Knicks tenure. The first was a
bruised quad that cost him six games, and the second has been the
strained tendon. Still, Billups has been durable throughout his career — since 2000, he has played 70 games or more every season.