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Monday, May 11, 2009

Chauncey Billups: The Disposable Superstar

Tom Friend has written a tremendous story about Chauncey Billups' journey from high school star in Denver to starting point guard for a Denver Nuggets team that is poised to reach the Western Conference Finals. Friend's article is lengthy but well worth reading. Click on the following link and enjoy:

The Disposable Superstar

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posted by David Friedman @ 7:01 PM

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At Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:43:00 AM, Anonymous J said...

That really was an outstanding article, and glad you posted about it [or I would have had to lodge an off-topic comment in another thread :) ].

I do think it lends a good bit of credence for attributing a fairly significant part of the Nuggets' improvement & focus to Billups' presence. Of course, such things are ultimately unknowable, but it makes for fun discussions and debates. Unfortunate they couldn't complete the sweep of the Mavs tonight -- it seemed to me like Dirk (& Josh Howard) got a couple awfully soft fouls called at the end. Smelled a little bit like make-up. And the confetti that dropped after the Mavs squeaked out of getting swept was hilarious -- about right for a franchise owned by the classless Cuban.

 
At Tuesday, May 12, 2009 7:35:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

J:

I thought that Billups looked like a worn down player the past couple seasons, particularly in the playoffs, so I did not expect him to play quite this well this season, let alone to raise his level of play in the postseason.

A recent Sports Illustrated article mentioned that Billups asked Coach Karl to limit his minutes to under 36 mpg during the regular season in order to keep him fresh for the postseason and that strategy certainly seems to be paying off.

 
At Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:47:00 PM, Blogger madnice said...

hes always been a great guard who got no respect. i still wish he would of took over that game 7 vs the spurs. but chauncey is a class act. its good to see that his parents are still together and that he is a family man. you barely see that in the nba.

 

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