This is disappointing.
Chauncey Billups ruptured his Achilles tendon on February 6th, and has been out ever since then. He anticipated being ready to go for the beginning of the Clippers' upcoming season, and to play in all of it.
It seems that's not going to happen though. Billups said:
"I wish I could play opening night. I wish I could but I know that's not really going to happen, I'm sure. I don't really have a target. I'm just going to listen to my body. I remember people were saying January or February and that's way out of the question. That's definitely not going to happen. I'll be back way before that."
He went on to say that due to the depth that the Clipps added on the off-season, he doesn't feel pressure to return. Billups said, “It's the deepest team I've ever player for.”
That's good for fans to hear this NBA vet has full confidence in his team.
What's not encouraging to hear is that he's admittedly out of basketball shape (understandably since he can't play), doesn't know when he'll be back and isn't in a rush. Billups said he's going to “listen to [his] body.”
The good news he can participate in limited practice, come the beginning of training camp.
The guard isn't a huge scorer for the Clippers, but he gives them depth and serious veteran leadership. While some criticized the older players the team signed over the summer, it was for times like this, when on of their team leaders can not be there for them.
Since Billups is older it makes sense that it would take longer for an injury to heal, especially one this serious. What fans never want to hear is that a player isn't in a hurry to get back to the game.
But if he has faith in his team, then Clippers fans should have that same faith, because they are definitely one of the deepest teams in the league.