Chauncey Billups was voted by the NBA general managers as the active player who would make the best head coach someday.
One little problem.
Billups isn’t quite interested.
“It’s an honor to have all the GMs think of me like that,” Billups told The Times. “The irony in it is that I really never had a real desire to be a head coach in the NBA. Not to say that I won’t, but I never really had that desire.”
That’s too bad for prospective players.
After suffering a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury in February, Billups had a big influence on the team from the bench. The Clippers went on a five-game winning streak at home during his first handful of games on the pine.
“I told Chaunce he gotta stop being selfish again and come on the road with us too,” Chris Paul joked last season. “It’s no secret, we are undefeated when he’s there.”
Billups may not want to be a coach, but he wants to remain with the NBA.
“I always see myself more behind the scenes, putting the team together, GM, president type of guy,” Billups said.
Now, onto more pressing issues.
Billups said his Achilles is no longer bothering him.
“As far as my Achilles and everything like that, I’m feeling great,” he said. “I have no issues with that at all, no matter how hard the workout is. It’s just getting the rest of my body up to speed.”
Billups, who hasn’t played for eight months, said he needs to regain playing form before he’s cleared.
“My back tightens up on me,” Billups said.
The 36-year-old guard, expected to make his return to the court sometime in November, is not exactly sure when he will return, though he says he’s on the right track.
“I feel like I’m getting better all the time,” he said.
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