Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/16/14
Chauncey Billups began thinking about life after basketball in 2005. After helping the Pistons win their first title in 15 years, the Pistons guard wanted to learn about the business side of the NBA. Life in the front office. So Billups began sitting in on meetings with then-team president Joe Dumars and his assistants, Scott Perry and John Hammond. Billups learned how to set up a draft room. He learned what executives looked for when evaluating talent. Now, he believes he’s ready to move into the front office. “Yeah, it is something I think I could do,” Billups said. And it could happen in Detroit. Billups as bridge The Pistons front office is in flux and needs to be cleaned out. That process began when Dumars was let go and given the title of “consultant.” Now, the next generation of leadership needs to be addressed. With a management team perceived to be a group of outsiders, hiring Billups makes sense — he can serve as a bridge between the past and future of the organization. And Billups can continue to grow as a front office leader under the new president that may eventually land Billups the job. An advantage for Billups is he’s a point guard. He’s the guy who not only runs a team on the court, but also evaluates his players along with opponents. “First I had to think about if I wanted to coach or if I wanted to do executive work,” Billups said. “I learned a lot. I kind of sat up under those guys and I gained a lot of experience.” Billups is attractive as an executive because he’s more than a basketball player. He’s a businessman — he co-owns 30 Wendy’s restaurants with former NBA player Junior Bridgeman.
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