LOS ANGELES Chauncey Billups knew what people were whispering the night he crumbled to the floor last Feb. 6 in Orlando. He could hear them talking.
Retirement. The end of the line. A great career with a tragic ending.
But Billups said the thought never entered his mind. A ruptured Achilles tendon was not the way he was going to leave the game, not in his 15th season in the NBA and his first with the Clippers.
When I went down, I wasnt going to hear the word no or Hes done, he said. I wasnt going to listen to none of yall. I wasnt going to give in to that.
Wednesday night at Staples Center, Billups finally made it back. He walked onto the court at Staples Center to a standing ovation and helped the Clippers end their four-game losing streak with a 101-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Billups played 19 minutes and 24 seconds, scored seven points and gave the Clippers an added presence in the backcourt with point guard Chris Paul. He was on the floor for the las...