Since joining the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011, Chauncey Billups’ time with the organization has been plagued by injuries. There was an Achilles tear last season and three weeks ago he was suffering from peroneal tendonitis in his left foot. The 36-year-old point guard looks to be coming to the end of his career, going for one last ride this season with the Clippers.
Chauncey Billups joined KOA in Denver with The Dave Logan Show to discuss the Los Angeles Clippers competing for an NBA title, his recovery from a foot injury, recovering from his Achilles tear and being in the middle of the NBA soap opera in Los Angeles.
What’s your take on the Clippers having a shot at an NBA title this season?
“It’s been exciting. I am very excited at what we can possibly do this season. We added a lot of new pieces last year and been very successful so far and I am looking forward to getting back myself. I can help in the system for our success.”
How are you doing with the foot injury and when will you be back on the court?
“Actually, I am doing much better. You’re right, I did get back from the Achilles and my peroneal tendon flared up a little bit by the ankle, and it’s not directly related to the Achilles, but indirectly it is. You talk about my left calf not being as strong as the right one and everything else happened to kind of fire and help and compensate and that’s how it turned out inflamed, so that just set me back a little bit, but I am really not in a rush to be honest with you. Guys are playing well; I want to get healthy. I know it’s going to be a long ride for us, so I’m hoping end of the month and early next month, but I am taking it slow.”
How did you recover from the Achilles tear and what was that like?
“It was a tough uphill battle. I knew it would be, talking with the doctors and the people who had been through it and came back from the injury. I also talked to people who never made it back from the injury, so it was a tough battle, but anybody that knows me knew I wasn’t going to bow down to that. I was going to do everything I could possibly do to get back and I did that very successfully. I’ll be back soon with everything else — there’s just so much time off that the rest of my body has to re-calibrate itself, so it was a tough grind, but I feel good that I made it out of that.”
What’s it like to be in the middle of the NBA soap opera right now in Los Angeles?
“It’s crazy. It’s crazy. We are playing so well and are having such a great season that anybody that knows this town it’s a Lakers town. No matter what we do or how good we play, if we win it [NBA Championship] … this is a Lakers town, although a lot of those fans that are die-hard Lakers fans are now saying we are die-hard Lakers fans, but if you all play anybody else, we are Clippers fans. We are changing a little bit of what’s going on, but this is a Lakers town and of course they got a lot going on with Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. It’s like a show over there.”
Listen to Chauncey Billups on KOA in Denver here [Interview begins at the 12:40 mark of the podcast]