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Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). A star at the University of Colorado, he was selected third overall in the 1997 NBA draft
NBA draft
by the Boston Celtics. A five-time NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
and a three-time All-NBA selection, Billups played for the Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver
Denver
Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit
Detroit
Pistons, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers during his NBA career. He won the NBA Finals MVP
NBA Finals MVP
in 2004 after helping the Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
in the Finals,[1] and was given the nickname "Mr. Big Shot" for making late-game shots with Detroit.[2] The Pistons retired his number #1 jersey in 2016.[3] In 2004, Billups was honored by the University of Colorado
University of Colorado
by being the fifth player to have his jersey (number 4) retired. The Coors Events Center also has a large mural of Billups in the northeast corner of the arena as part of his "Chauncey's Kid Roundup" program.[4]

Contents

1 High school career 2 College career

2.1 College Awards & Honors

3 NBA career

3.1 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1997–1998) 3.2 Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
(1998–99) 3.3 Denver
Denver
Nuggets (1999–2000) 3.4 Orlando Magic (2000) 3.5 Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
(2000–2002) 3.6 Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(2002–2008) 3.7 Return to Denver
Denver
Nuggets (2008–2011) 3.8 New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(2011) 3.9 Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
(2011–2013) 3.10 Return to Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(2013–2014)

4 All-star appearances 5 Big3

5.1 Killer 3's (2017–present)

6 NBA career statistics

6.1 Regular season 6.2 Playoffs

7 National team 8 Personal life

8.1 Sexual assault allegation

9 See also 10 References 11 External links

High school career[edit] Born in Denver, Colorado,[5] Billups graduated from George Washington High School of Denver
Denver
in 1995. At George Washington, he was a four-time All-State first team pick, Colorado
Colorado
Mr. Basketball
Basketball
three times, and Colorado
Colorado
Player of the Year as a sophomore and as a junior. He started on varsity as a freshman. He was selected to the 1995 McDonald's All-American Team but did not play due to a shoulder injury. College career[edit] For college, Billups chose the University of Colorado
University of Colorado
over Kansas, Georgia Tech, University of California-Berkeley, and Oklahoma State. At Colorado, Billups averaged 18.5 points, 5.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game over his two seasons. In the 1996–97 season, he was named to the All- Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Conference
First Team, the Basketball Times All-American First Team, and Consensus 2nd team All-American. That same season, the Buffaloes finished second in the Big 12 conference with an overall record of 22–10. Billups then led the Buffaloes to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 28 years. As a 9-seed, Billups and the Buffalos upset the 8-seed Indiana Hoosiers 80–62 but then lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels 56–73. Billups averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.[6] College Awards & Honors[edit]

Consensus second-team All-American (1997) All-Big 12 First Team (1997) AllBuffs.com All-Time Colorado
Colorado
Buffaloes Men's Basketball
Basketball
Team No. 4 retired by University of Colorado

NBA career[edit] Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1997–1998)[edit] Billups was drafted third overall in the 1997 NBA draft
NBA draft
by the Boston Celtics. He did not mesh with new Celtics head coach Rick Pitino. Years later, Billups reflected on his stint in Boston, commenting, "That didn't help. That didn't give me a chance to really slow down and listen to myself, listen to the game and what's going on. I never really had that chance. It was a recipe for disaster there." In addition, the Celtics coaching staff did not know whether to play him as a point guard or shooting guard. Fifty-one games later, Billups was traded to the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
on the trading deadline.[7] Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
(1998–99)[edit] On February 18, 1998, Billups was traded to the Toronto Raptors, along with Roy Rogers, Dee Brown, and John Thomas in exchange for All-Star point guard Kenny Anderson, Žan Tabak, and Popeye Jones.[7] On January 21, 1999, he was dealt to his hometown Denver
Denver
Nuggets in a three-way deal involving one of Billups's future teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Denver
Denver
Nuggets (1999–2000)[edit] Minnesota received Dean Garrett and Bobby Jackson from Denver, Toronto received Željko Rebrača and Micheal Williams from Minnesota and the 5th pick in the 1999 NBA draft
NBA draft
from Denver. Billups, along with Tyson Wheeler, was sent to Denver
Denver
from Toronto. Three months into his first tenure with the Nuggets, Billups visited a local Denver
Denver
hospital in order to comfort and inspire Patrick Ireland, a victim of the 1999 Columbine High School Shooting Massacre.[8] A year later, on February 1, 2000, Billups was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Ron Mercer and Johnny Taylor in exchange for Chris Gatling, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, and a conditional first-round pick (The latter being traded back to the Magic for Omar Cook). Orlando Magic (2000)[edit] Billups was on the injured list until season's end due to an injured shoulder and never played a game for the Magic (despite this, he was included on the season-ending team photo, wearing jersey number 2). Among NBA circles, Billups was considered a draft bust. Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
(2000–2002)[edit] Billups was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
(who had been involved in the trade that sent Billups to Denver) as a back-up to then point guard Terrell Brandon, who would mentor the troubled player alongside Sam Mitchell, Wally Sczerbiak, and Kevin Garnett. Billups would work with his more experienced teammates on shooting, scouting, decision-making and the other attributes that came with playing point guard in the NBA, such as learning to work more effectively with teammates, and deciding which plays would be most beneficial for the team in a specific situation.[7] During the 2001–02 season, Brandon suffered a serious knee injury. Billups replaced him and had a breakthrough 2001–02 season. The Timberwolves won 50 games before they were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, with Billups averaging 22 points per game in the series. Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(2002–2008)[edit]

Billups with the Pistons.

After his breakthrough season, Billups became a free agent. Billups had wanted to return to Minnesota, however the Timberwolves were engulfed in salary-cap issues and wanted to see how Brandon would respond to his knee injury. In June 2002, Billups signed a six-year, $35 million contract with the Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
to be the team's new starting point guard.[9] When he signed with the Pistons, he was forced to take the number 1 because number 4 was retired in honor of Joe Dumars. Billups quickly earned respect from Pistons fans and colleagues for his tenacious defense and clutch shooting. In 2002–03, Billups helped Detroit
Detroit
finish first overall in the Eastern Conference with a 50–32 regular season record. Billups earned the nickname "Mr. Big-Shot" during the regular season for two events. He first made a wing three on March 9 as time expired with his team at home but down 105–104 against the Golden State Warriors. The Pistons won 107–105 and Billups scored 31 points. The second event was just over two weeks later on March 26. The Pistons were tied in overtime with the Atlanta Hawks 99–99 until Billups made a top-of-the-key triple with 0.5 seconds left to win the game. Billups finished with 22 points against the Hawks. In the 2003 Playoffs, the top-seed Pistons surprisingly fell behind the upstart 8-seed Orlando Magic in the first round series 3 games to 1. In game 5, Billups played a contributing role in his team's dominating 98–67 victory by scoring 15 points, tied for second on the Pistons. Having helped the Pistons stave off elimination in Game 5, Billups scored 40 points in game 6 to help the Pistons force a seventh game. In the decisive Game 7, Billups scored 37 points to help clinch the series 4–3. Detroit
Detroit
then beat the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals 4-2 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. However, Detroit
Detroit
would be swept by the New Jersey Nets, 4-0. Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle
was fired as the head coach in the off-season and Larry Brown was hired. In the 2004 season, Billups averaged 16.9 points, 5.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. The Pistons improved their record to 54–28 but it was only good for the third seed overall in the east playoffs playoff standings. In the pivotal Game 3 during the first round series against the Milwaukee Bucks (which was tied 1-1), Billups led all scorers with 21 pts and finished the scoring for his team by sinking 4 of 4 free throws in the final 31.2 seconds. These free throws were a key part of the Pistons effort to stave off the Bucks' relentless defense which kept Detroit
Detroit
from scoring a normal field goal during the last 5:34.[10] In the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus the defending Eastern Conference Champions the New Jersey Nets, Billups banked in a half-court three as time expired in game 5 to send the game into overtime. The Pistons would lose in triple overtime. Finally he helped Detroit
Detroit
overcome a 3-2 series deficit to win the series 4-3.[11] In the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, the Pistons won the gritty, defensive series 4-2 by an average score of 75.2 PPG to the Pacers' 72.7 PPG.[12] He helped Detroit
Detroit
win the 2004 NBA Finals
2004 NBA Finals
over the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers, four games to one. He averaged per game 21 points, 5.2 assists, 3.2 RPG, 1.2 SPG, as well as shooting 50.1% FG, 47.1% 3PT, and 92.9% FT to earn the NBA Finals MVP
NBA Finals MVP
Award.[13] Billups said of his MVP award, "Everybody deserves this. Not just me. I wish I could turn it into thirteen pieces and give a little bit to everybody."[14] The following season, Billups was named to the 2005 NBA Second All-Defensive Team, along with teammate Tayshaun Prince, while teammate and co-captain of the Pistons Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace
took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award. The Pistons reached the 2005 NBA Finals but lost in their bid to repeat as champions to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. In 2006, Billups was co-captain of the team. Although he captained the Pistons to a franchise best 64–18 record, they failed to make it to the NBA Finals for the first time in three years. On July 11, 2007, Billups signed a $46 million, four-year contract with the Pistons (which includes a team option for a fifth year at $14 million).[15] He had been an unrestricted free agent for several days after he opted out of the previous contract, which he had signed in 2002. In the first round of the 2008 NBA playoffs, during Game 3 against the Orlando Magic, Billups injured his right hamstring when Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson
tangled with Billup's left leg on a drive to the bucket. Billups would sit for the 3 remaining games of the series.[16] Billups and the Pistons again made it to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics, but lost the series 4-2 to the eventual champions. Return to Denver
Denver
Nuggets (2008–2011)[edit]

Billups with the Denver
Denver
Nuggets

On November 3, 2008, Billups was traded to the Denver
Denver
Nuggets, along with Antonio McDyess
Antonio McDyess
and Cheikh Samb, for Allen Iverson.[17] Pistons GM Joe Dumars said that it was "the hardest and toughest" move he had made as a general manager, describing Billups as "... a guy that I have looked at as a little brother." Billups chose the #7 jersey to honor Denver
Denver
Broncos quarterback John Elway, since two of his other favorite numbers, 1 and 4, were already worn by J. R. Smith
J. R. Smith
and Kenyon Martin, respectively.[18] He played his first game of the Nuggets' 2008–09 season on November 7, 2008. He recorded 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of play in a 108–105 Nuggets' home win.[19] He finished the season averaging 17.7 points, and 6.4 assists per game. With Billups and Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets accomplished a number of franchise milestones. Their 54–28 record matched a franchise record, and their 27–14 start was also a franchise record for wins in the first half of a season. This also marked the first time in the franchise's history the team had gotten 50 wins in back-to-back seasons. They led the Northwest division for much of the season, eventually winning the division and gaining the number two seed in the Western Conference, matching the highest the team had ever been seeded for the playoffs. In the first round, they defeated the New Orleans Hornets in 5 games, which included a record-equaling 58-point margin-of-victory. Billups also set a Nuggets franchise record with the most 3 pointers in a playoff game with 8, and his 19 3-pointers in total is also a Nuggets record for threes made in a playoff series. In his first year with the Nuggets, Billups led them back to the NBA Conference Finals for the first time since 1985. They would play the Lakers for the second straight year (the Lakers had swept them in the first round the year before). The Nuggets would ultimately lose the series 4-2. This was Billups' 7th straight conference finals. He joined Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kurt Rambis as the only players to accomplish this feat since the Boston Celtics of the 1950s and 1960s led by Bill Russell. Billups finished the season sixth in voting for the 2009 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. He was also selected to his second All-NBA Third Team. For the 2009–10 season, Billups reverted to wearing #1, the same number he wore with the Pistons. Teammate J. R. Smith, who had previously worn #1 since being acquired by the Nuggets in 2006, changed to the #5 jersey.[20] On November 27, 2009, in the Nuggets' 128–125 win over the New York Knicks, Billups scored 32 points while teammate Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
scored 50. This made them only the third duo in NBA history to score at least 30 and 50 points respectively. On February 5, 2010, Billups set a career high in points with a 39-point performance in a road win over the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
with 27 of them coming from 9 three-pointers. During the 2010–11 season, he averaged 16.5 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, and 2.5 rebounds per game in 32.3 minutes per game. His .441 three point field goal percentage was a career high. New York Knicks
New York Knicks
(2011)[edit] Despite publicly professing his desire to finish his career in hometown Denver
Denver
and retire as a member of the Nuggets, Billups was traded to the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
on February 22, 2011[21] as part of the Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
deal. Billups was "collateral damage"—as more than one sportswriter put it—of Carmelo Anthony's desire to play in New York and the Nuggets' desire to trade Anthony before he became a free agent.[22] "Oh it was hard, hardest thing I've ever had to do", Billups said. "I had to tell my girls that daddy was traded, that he was leaving to play across the country. I told them it wasn't my choice, that nothing could be done about it. I had to go. It wasn't a happy scene."[23] The Knicks finished 42–40 and clinched the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and made the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Billups suffered a knee injury while playing against the Celtics in Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. The injury would keep Billups sidelined for the remainder of the playoffs.[24] Shortly after the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics, Billups mentioned he would love to return to the Knicks next season. "I would love the opportunity to really try it up with these guys", Billups said. "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 to."[25] In December, 2011, the Knicks used their amnesty clause on Billups, and put him on waivers, ending his tenure with the Knicks. Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
(2011–2013)[edit] After his tenure with the Knicks came to an end, Billups became an unrestricted free agent. Many believed that a contender like the Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
would end up acquiring Billups. However, on December 12, 2011, the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
claimed Billups off waivers. Billups indicated that he didn't want to be picked up by a team that was not contending for a championship and said he would retire if he was, pushing the NBA to warn him and his agent that he would be "in breach of his contract" if he did not show up.[26] However, the Clippers ended up trading for the Hornets' superstar point guard Chris Paul
Chris Paul
two days later. After the Chris Paul trade, Billups said that he was happy to be with the Clippers, saying that "I think these guys are ready to take the next leap and hopefully I can help with that."[27] Billups, a point guard, was moved into the shooting guard position, which he was still getting used to when he was injured.[28] On February 7, 2012, an MRI revealed a tear in Billups's Achilles tendon, ending his season after only 20 game appearances.[29] Billups helped the Clippers beat Miami, Oklahoma City, Orlando, and the Los Angeles Lakers en route to a 19–9 start.[30] On July 13, 2012, Billups re-signed with the Clippers on a 1-year deal. He made his season debut on November 28, 2012, against the Timberwolves. Billups was limited to only 22 games during the season because of various injuries,[31] including a sore back and tendinitis in his left foot.[28] On June 10, 2013, Billups received the inaugural Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. Billups was humbled by the award, and said, "For my name to be mentioned with [Jack Twyman], I really don't feel worthy, to be honest with you. It's kind of embarrassing."[31] During the 2012–13 season, Billups averaged a new career high free-throw percentage. He became a free agent after the season. Return to Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(2013–2014)[edit] On July 16, 2013, Billups signed a two-year, $5 million contract to return to the Detroit
Detroit
Pistons.[32][33] More knee problems caused him to miss most of the 2013–14 season, as he appeared in his fewest games since the 1999–2000 season and averaged career lows in points, minutes, steals, field goal percentage, and three-point percentage during the year. The Pistons finished the season at 29–53, and missed the postseason. On June 30, 2014, the Pistons announced they would not pick up their team option on Billups' contract for the 2014–15 season.[34] On September 9, 2014, Billups announced his retirement from the NBA after 17 years.[35] Billups cited his health as the main reason for his retirement, as he never appeared in more than 22 games in his last three seasons in the league.[36] On February 10, 2016, the Pistons retired Billups' No. 1 jersey.[37] All-star appearances[edit] In 2006, Billups was selected to play in the 2006 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game as a reserve for the Eastern Conference, along with former teammates Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace
and Ben Wallace. Pistons head coach Flip Saunders
Flip Saunders
coached the Eastern Conference squad and put all four Pistons in the game when the east was falling behind; they were able to get the Eastern All-Star team back in the game. During the 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend, Billups participated in the Three-point Shootout contest. He was eliminated in the first round of the contest after scoring 12 points. Billups called this moment when all four Pistons entered the game at the same time, one of the highlight moments of his career. In the 2007 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game, Billups was chosen as a reserve, along with teammate Richard Hamilton, for the Eastern Conference, despite an injury that kept Billups out of five games early on in the season. Billups also took part in the Shooting Stars Competition alongside former Piston and Detroit Shock
Detroit Shock
head coach Bill Laimbeer
Bill Laimbeer
and Shock star Swin Cash. Team Detroit
Detroit
won the competition with Billups hitting the final half-court shot.[38] Billups was selected to play as a reserve in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, along with teammates Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace, an injury replacement. Billups was the only Nugget to be selected to the 2009 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game. Billups was chosen as the replacement by David Stern
David Stern
for injured New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul
Chris Paul
at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.[39] Big3[edit] Killer 3's (2017–present)[edit] In 2017, the creation of the 3-on-3 professional basketball league BIG3 was announced, with Billups set to be a player for the Killer 3's.[40] NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

† NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1997–98 Boston 51 44 25.4 .390 .339 .817 2.2 4.3 1.5 .0 11.1

1997–98 Toronto 29 26 31.7 .349 .316 .919 2.7 3.3 1.0 .1 11.3

1998–99 Denver 45 41 33.1 .386 .362 .913 2.1 3.8 1.3 .3 13.9

1999–00 Denver 13 5 23.5 .337 .171 .841 2.6 3.0 .8 .2 8.6

2000–01 Minnesota 77 33 23.2 .422 .376 .842 2.1 3.4 .7 .1 9.3

2001–02 Minnesota 82 54 28.7 .423 .394 .885 2.8 5.5 .8 .2 12.5

2002–03 Detroit 74 74 31.4 .421 .392 .878 3.7 3.9 .9 .2 16.2

2003–04† Detroit 78 78 35.4 .394 .388 .878 3.5 5.7 1.1 .1 16.9

2004–05 Detroit 80 80 35.8 .442 .426 .898 3.4 5.8 1.0 .1 16.5

2005–06 Detroit 81 81 36.1 .418 .433 .894 3.1 8.6 .9 .1 18.5

2006–07 Detroit 70 70 36.2 .427 .345 .883 3.4 7.2 1.2 .2 17.0

2007–08 Detroit 78 78 32.3 .448 .401 .918 2.7 6.8 1.3 .2 17.0

2008–09 Detroit 2 2 35.0 .333 .286 .918 5.0 7.5 1.5 .5 12.5

2008–09 Denver 77 77 35.3 .420 .410 .900 3.0 6.4 1.2 .2 17.9

2009–10 Denver 73 73 34.1 .418 .386 .910 3.1 5.6 1.1 .1 19.5

2010–11 Denver 51 51 32.3 .438 .441 .923 2.5 5.3 1.0 .2 16.5

2010–11 New York 21 21 31.6 .403 .328 .902 3.1 5.5 .9 .1 17.5

2011–12 L.A. Clippers 20 20 30.4 .364 .384 .895 2.5 4.0 .5 .2 15.0

2012–13 L.A. Clippers 22 22 19.0 .402 .367 .938 1.5 2.2 .5 .0 8.4

2013–14 Detroit 19 7 16.3 .304 .292 .833 1.5 2.2 .4 .1 3.8

Career 1043 937 31.6 .415 .387 .894 2.9 5.4 1.0 .2 15.2

All-Star 5 0 19.0 .455 .320 .750 2.2 5.0 .4 .0 10.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2001 Minnesota 3 0 8.7 .167 .000 1.000 1.7 .7 .0 .0 1.0

2002 Minnesota 3 3 44.7 .451 .400 .700 5.0 5.7 1.0 .3 22.0

2003 Detroit 14 14 34.6 .374 .310 .933 3.4 4.7 .6 .1 18.0

2004† Detroit 23 23 38.3 .385 .346 .890 3.0 5.9 1.3 .1 16.4

2005 Detroit 25 25 39.4 .428 .349 .893 4.3 6.5 1.0 .2 18.7

2006 Detroit 18 18 39.2 .406 .340 .905 3.4 6.5 1.2 .1 17.9

2007 Detroit 16 16 40.6 .435 .389 .832 3.3 5.7 1.2 .1 18.6

2008 Detroit 15 15 32.0 .401 .375 .832 2.9 5.5 .8 .1 16.1

2009 Denver 16 16 38.7 .457 .468 .906 3.8 6.8 1.3 .3 20.6

2010 Denver 6 6 34.5 .446 .355 .881 2.3 6.3 1.0 .5 20.6

2011 New York 1 1 35.0 .273 .333 1.000 2.0 4.0 .0 .0 10.0

2013 L.A. Clippers 6 6 19.2 .306 .353 .818 2.0 1.0 .2 .2 6.2

Career 146 143 36.4 .411 .366 .880 3.4 5.7 1.0 .2 17.3

National team[edit] On March 5, 2006, Billups was selected to be a part of the 2006–2008 USA Men's Senior National Team program developed to restore Team USA back to the top of the basketball world after disappointments in the 2002 FIBA World Championship
FIBA World Championship
and the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.[41] After missing out in the 2006 FIBA World Championship
FIBA World Championship
due to personal reasons, on August 20, 2007, Billups was selected to be a part of Team USA that competed at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, a qualifying tournament for the Beijing Olympics.[42] Coming off the bench, he along with the other new members of the team including All Star Kobe Bryant helped USA go unbeaten at the tournament held in Las Vegas
Las Vegas
and earn a spot at next Summer Olympics. On June 17, 2008, Billups announced he would not compete for a spot to be on the Olympic squad stating family reasons though he did say "they'll be fine. And when they win the gold, I'll feel like I had a big hand in regaining our dominance because of what we did last summer."[43] During the tournament, Team USA went unbeaten on their way to their first gold medal since the 2000 Olympics, defeating Spain in the final.[44] Personal life[edit] Billups has a wife, Piper, and three daughters, Cydney[45], Ciara, and Cenaiya.[46] His friend, NBA player Kevin Garnett, is the godfather to Ciara. His younger brother, Rodney, played point guard for the University of Denver
Denver
from 2002-2005, was drafted in the NBA Development League, played professionally in Europe, and went on to a coaching career, becoming head coach of the Denver
Denver
Pioneers in 2016.[47][48] Chauncey is the first cousin of running back LenDale White.[49] Billups wore the #4 through high school and college and at times during his professional career because he idolized former Pistons guard Joe Dumars, the Pistons President of Basketball
Basketball
Operations during his time at Detroit.[50] His favorite NFL team is the Denver Broncos.[49] Billups was featured on the cover of the video game NBA Ballers: Phenom and is the player's mentor. On June 16, 2008, Billups appeared at Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
for a Barack Obama rally.[51] Sexual assault allegation[edit] In 1997, Billups and fellow former Celtic Ron Mercer were accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the home of teammate Antoine Walker. According to a civil suit, Billups, Mercer, and Walker's roommate, Michael Irvin, assaulted the woman at Walker's condo after leaving a Boston comedy club on November 9, 1997. A medical examination on the following day revealed injuries consistent with the victim's testimony.[52] No criminal charges were filed, but Billups and Mercer settled a civil suit in 2000.[53] See also[edit]

National Basketball
Basketball
Association portal

List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career games played leaders List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career assists leaders List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career 3-point scoring leaders List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career free throw scoring leaders List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career playoff assists leaders List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career playoff 3-point scoring leaders List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association career playoff free throw scoring leaders

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