Chris Tomasson at HoopsHype has a nice story on Chauncey Billups up today. It’s mostly related to the Knicks — loved Billups’ comments about the Knicks not needing any more stars — but he did talk about what it was like returning to Detroit after he was traded. Billups will have his return to Denver as a visitor with the Knicks this season (knock on wood), and said it won’t be the same as his return to Detroit with the Nuggets was:
“I’m not mad at (the Nuggets) at all,’’ Billups said. “It is what it is. It’s a business. I thought I was going to finish my career in Detroit (before the 2008 trade to Denver). I thought I was going to finish my career (in Denver). It didn’t happen. I don’t know where I’m going to finish my career.’’
Billups figures to get a big round of applause whenever he makes his first trip back to the Pepsi Center. But Billups insists it won’t be like his March 2009 Detroit homecoming.
“It will be cool,’’ Billups said. “It won’t be emotional for me. It won’t be like when I went back to Detroit. I had so many great years in Detroit. Six years, won a championship. Three years I was (with the Nuggets). Had some good, fun years. But it won’t be a big deal at all. I wasn’t (in Denver) long enough. It won’t be a big deal at all. But with Melo, it will be… I’m just going to sit back and chill and watch that.’’