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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Billups the Best: Just Ask Him

Chauncey Billups is one of the best players in the NBA. Just ask him; he'll tell you.

I just saw Chauncey "I loves me some ME!" Billups on the usually incredibly lame "Budweiser Hot Seat" interview Wednesday on ESPN's Sportscenter. (To avoid a commercial fraud charge they better have some Budweiser for the guests because the seat certainly isn't hot. Its so powder puff it makes the seat on the Larry King Show feel like it has a butt warmer). I'm still laughing my ass off. Here's the interview in relevant part, paraphrased because its from memory:

Q: Chauncey, who is your choice for this year's MVP?

Billups: Chauncey Billups. (Note: Brilliant use of the third person to fool us into believing his choice is disinterested. Wait, is that why he didn't just say "me"?)

Q: (in a bemused voice) You're choosing yourself? Why?

Billups: (without any hint of irony) Because we have the best team and I'm the catalyst. (Note: Well, "The Catalyst" seems to be taking his "Mr. Big Shot" nickname to heart. Never mind the defense of the Wallaces and Tayshaun Prince, or the meaningless scoring of Richard Hamilton, or that Billups enjoyed extremely limited success until he arrived in Detroit, Chauncey has declared Chauncey the Most Valuable Piston. I always thought the success of the Pistons was predicated on their "Five hearts beating as one" philosophy. Apparently Billups has amended that philosophy, as the pigs did in Orwell's Animal Farm, to read "All Pistons are equal, but some are more equal than others".)


At April 20, 2006 at 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His "confidence" is the reason why the he has been ice cold during the season and in the clutch. And if he doesn't win, just one more chip on him and the pistons shoulders. Watch out Bucks!

At April 22, 2006 at 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ice cold" is hyperbole. It is fair to say his FGP has slumped from last year to 42% from 45%. But, his assists are up and so are his points. Add good decision making on top of that, excellent passing, low turnovers, and Billups is a top threat. As for clutch, the Pistons have 3 guys on the floor that can hit clutch shots, so, maybe it's the competition.

I'm a Detroit fan and I'll admit, I was taken aback when Chauncey made his comments. We're a city that loves being the underdog and we like our players humble and hardworking. Even though, part of me can't help but let Chauncey get his just deserts. I prefer MVP voting on which player makes his team one of the best in the league. Chauncey can quiet his mouth and hold his breath, because he's in that race.

At April 22, 2006 at 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Print quotes from Chauncey on the MVP race: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/14352598.htm

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