ClipperBlog is running a series called “Summer Reading” – tidbits, advice and (ideally) reading material for each member of the Los Angeles Clippers. The hope being that players return next season armed with newfound knowledge, improvements to their skills and emboldened by their summer studies. Because knowing is half the battle.
Reading Material: The American Journal of Sports Medicine
What? You were expecting something more somber? No need for doom and gloom quite yet. An Achilles tear is a serious injury that robs professional athletes of their athleticism. Fortunately, Chauncey is a player that uses neither explosiveness nor quickness for his game anymore.
Billups is in the “crafty veteran” stage of his career. He uses the tricks of the trade accumulated throughout his tenure and outsmarts opponents on offense and defense. And his shot isn’t predicated on shooting at the peak of a jump like Ray Allen.
Clipper fans thought Billups’ value could be easily filled by Randy Foye. And Foye did an admirable job for much of the season. But there’s a reason why (out of units that played over 75 minutes) the 5-man unit that boasts the best Off/Def Rating Differential for the Clippers this season had Chauncey on the floor (+17 Differential with Paul-Billups-Butler-Griffin-Jordan). The +/- of that unit? +86. Again, best amongst the Clippers.
So get healthy, Chauncey. Clearly, his leadership qualities made a positive impact on the floor and he refuses to retire. Billups’ genuine desire to return to the Clippers’ even came up during Neil Olshey’s conference introduction in Portland. The only tangible suggestion to offer a man with so many intangibles is that he read up on medical journals for a better understanding of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy and Orthokine Therapy in Germany. Because the man doesn’t need help with his state of mind. He needs help with the state of his body.
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