Chauncey Billups wants to run an NBA team one day
Chauncey Billups is remembered for a lot of his on the court stuff, but his journey in the NBA is not over, at least if it is up to him.
The typical transition for an NBA player after hanging their sneakers for good is in coaching – mostly from the bottom as one of many specific training and skills coaches. This eventually leads into a lower-tier assistant role, then a top assistant job – after which you’re probably going to get interviews from several vacancies, unless your team parts ways with the head coach, that is.
But for some players, their calling is running a team from behind the scenes. Rarely as a majority owner (only the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan was able to do it) but more commonly as a front office executive such as a general manager or president of basketball operations.
For ex-Detroit Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups, this is the route he plans to take – perhaps becoming the next former Pistons star (since Joe Dumars) to assemble a team and possibly guide them to a title.
Chauncey Billups said he wants to run an NBA team: Obviously, you know how I feel about the Pistons. My desire is to one day run a team, be in a front office and try to build a champion … When that opportunity presents itself – and it’s a good opportunity – I’ll be ready to go.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) July 13, 2018
Chauncey Billups could very well be following in the footsteps of his childhood idol Dumars – after all, he was the byproduct of that Pistons team that the former NBA Executive of the Year quietly assembled by signing away the underrated guard off the Minnesota Timberwolves then quickly swinging a few deals that landed the team Rasheed Wallace and Larry Brown.
The chance of the ESPN studio analyst landing the job is certainly gaining traction the last few months with the franchise hoping to press the reset button on their front office and instilling him as a member of its new and improved board. However, he refuses to take the offer unless an actual opening is in place.