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Video: Mo Williams Mistakenly Introduced as Chauncey Billups by PA Announcer

Clippers PA announcer David Courtney was so excited about the team’s new lineup, he forgot to make an adjustment Friday while doing introductions. Chauncey Billups, who played the first two games at shooting guard, missed the game because of a groin injury. Mo Williams replaced him in the starting lineup. One problem: Courtney introduced Mo as Chauncey.

Here’s the video:

Mo played 32 minutes and scored 13 points in a 114-101 loss to the Bulls. After that performance, you can bet LA wishes Chauncey had been in the lineup.

Courtney shouldn’t worry; the blunder by this PA announcer a few weeks ago was much worse.

Chauncey Billups Will Consider Retiring if He is Claimed By a Poor Team

After being waived be the Knicks under the NBA’s new amnesty close, Chauncey Billups had a very clear message for any rebuilding teams that are looking for veteran leadership: don’t bother.  Billups and his $14.2 million contract were released by the Knicks this weekend, meaning he has to go through the waiver process and will become a free agent if he goes unclaimed.  If he is claimed by a team that he doesn’t want to play for, Chauncey said he may call it quits.

“If I get claimed by a team I don’t want to play for, I would absolutely consider retirement,” Billups told ESPNNewYork.com. “The game’s been really good to me, and I don’t want anyone to feel bad for me. I’ve made a lot of money, and I’ve saved most of it. I don’t need the money now. I want to be able to play for something, a championship, and I want to be able to have my own destiny in my hands. If I don’t, then retiring might have to be a decision I make.

“I don’t know of any player of my magnitude who’s had the success I’ve had that has gone through what I’ve gone through, not one, whether they have the reputation I have or not. Nobody goes through these things. It’s not in my makeup to be selfish. But it just feel like this time I need to be a little more concerned with me.”

At age 35 and about to play for his fourth different team in the last three seasons, it’s tough to blame Billups.  Money is no longer a factor, meaning he would just be wasting his time if he goes to a young, inexperienced team who is in need of a role model.  He also added that he would “absolutely love” an opportunity to sign with a team that faces the Knicks in the playoffs.  Perhaps the Heat will come calling.

Chauncey Billups Will be More Central to Knicks’ Success Than Carmelo or Amare

When the New York Knicks were down 84-82 to the Miami Heat Sunday in one of the most anticipated games this season, it was not one of the five All-Stars on the floor who became the hero of the game. Chauncey Billups drained a three to give his New York Knicks the lead, and one they would not give back.

It’s no big deal for Billups, whose nickname his whole career has been “Mr. Big Shot,” and that bucket re-certified his nickname.

The Knicks won the game — only one of 82 regular season game — but what many people are not saying, or do not even know, is that Chauncey Billups will mean more to the Knicks’ success this season than Carmelo Anthony or Amare Stoudemire will.

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Carmelo Anthony Nets Trade Includes Derrick Favors, Four First-Round Picks

Mikhail Prokhorov could be the world’s biggest Carmelo Anthony fan.  We all know the Nets need to make some sort of huge splash in order to become a contender, but is it worth wagering their entire future for one player?  Anthony may be one of the NBA’s best players, but who could blame the Nuggets for trading him away with what New Jersey is offering?

In order for the trade to be finalized Anthony must agree on the three-year, $65 million extension the Nets are offering.  Reports have surfaced stating that Anthony and Prokhorov are scheduled to meet during All-Star Weekend, but Carmelo said there is “no meeting at all” and talk of one is “news to (him).”  Of course, it would be foolish to rule out the Knicks regardless of how far along the talks are between New Jersey and Denver.

If the deal goes through, here is a look at what each team would get:

Nets get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely, and Renaldo Balkman
Nuggets get: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh, and four first-round picks.

Man, that’s a ton of first round picks.  The Nuggets would lose two of their best players but they would also have an infinite amount of resources to use toward rebuilding.  Two first round picks every season for four years can yield plenty of talent.  Favors may not have worked out as planned just yet, but he was a third overall pick for a reason.  Harris is known to score points in bunches.  Anthony is the definition of a franchise player, but I’m just not sure any player is worth that type of king’s ransom — especially one who takes his hat off to himself and rocks shades during interviews like a clown.

Chauncey Billups Hits 75-Foot Shot But is Called for Traveling (Video)

Chauncey Billups hit an amazing shot last night just before halftime against the Knicks but didn’t get it off in time was called for traveling.  Really, ref?  Traveling?  Players travel on almost every possession and you’re choosing to call it when a guy is heaving up a buzzer-beater?  Check out the video of Chauncey Billups’ 75-foot shot that was called a travel, courtesy of the NBA on YouTube:

Okay, so it’s the right call.  And yes, the ref blew the whistle right when it happened rather than doing it after he saw the result of the play.  I’m not suggesting he had any motive for making the call, but it is strange that they would call it.  I doubt there’s many half-court and beyond shots in NBA history that weren’t accompanied by a travel.  Imagine if the Nuggets lost by two points?  Now that would be interesting.

Chauncey Billups Shows Kobe the Ultimate Embarrassment

Who can really fault Kobe here? The guy was just focused on playing some good defense and stopping the player who got the ball. I guess he was too focused and forgot about the guy inbounding the ball. Chauncey Billups made a play just before halftime that showed his strong court sense and intuition. In all fairness, this is a move many savvy players have made in the past. I think this really was a nice kick in the ass for the Nuggets, giving them the confidence to feel that they were back in the game. Think about it — it was just like Game 1 only reversed where one team was killing the other but went into halftime with only a one-point lead and wound up losing. Same exact story both games. Here’s the play in case you missed it:

The team that gets the last laugh remains to be seen. But what we do know is that the Nuggets are very for real and that comparing this year’s team to any of their past teams doesn’t do them justice; this team actually plays some defense. I’ve been saying it all along — going seven games and struggling in the playoffs doesn’t matter so long as the Lakers wind up reaching the finals in the end. I just know that we’re in for two excellent series here in the Conference Finals. Oh yeah, and is anyone else tired of all the analysts who are just now realizing that Carmelo Anthony is good? Maybe if they didn’t have their heads stuck so far up Kobe, LeBron, and Wade’s asses they would realize that Melo’s been scoring over 20 a game every year he’s been in the league which is six seasons now. The only difference is he actually realized this year that defense is important and he decided to start playing it.