Chauncey Billups Retires from NBA After 17-Year Career

September 9th, 2014 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

Chauncey Billups, who was named Finals MVP after leading the Detroit Pistons to an NBA championship in 2004, has retired following a 17-year career.

Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears had the news from Billups:

Chauncey Billups, the 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and former Detroit Pistons star, told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday he is retiring after 17 NBA seasons.

"It's just time. I know when it's time," Billups told Yahoo Sports. "My mind and my desire is still strong. I just can't ignore the fact that I haven't been healthy for three years. I can try again and get to a point where I think I can go, but I just can't sustain. Me not being able to play the way that I can play, that's when you kind of know it's that time.

"It's just time. I'm happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process."

Billups returned to the Pistons this past season. The veteran guard ended up appearing in just 19 games, however, due to ...

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