He may wear a different uniform these days and play his home games more than 2,000 miles away, but The Palace will always be like home to Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups. And if Monday night's game is any indication, Detroit Pistons fans will forever consider Billups to be one of their native sons. Billups was back at The Palace for the Clippers' 88-76 victory over the Pistons but rather than being in uniform, he was wearing a suit and watching from the bench because of peroneal tendinitis in his left foot. But that didn't mean he went unnoticed. During the first half, two fans across the court stood up and saluted the man who led the Pistons to the 2004 NBA championship and in the second half dozens of fans near the floor chanted "Chauncey! Chauncey! Chauncey!" during a stoppage in play. It touched Billups, a 16-year veteran who has played for seven NBA teams but enjoyed his greatest success during six seasons with the Pistons. "It's great man, it's great," Billups said. "It's home. This is like home. It's great to come back. I wish I could have played. But it's great to see everybody. They're so nice to me." During Billups' six seasons in Detroit, the Pistons went to the Eastern Conference Finals four times, lost in the NBA Finals once and beat the Lakers in a five-game series in the 2004 NBA Finals.
Chauncey Billups may play for the Clippers but Detroit will always be home for the ex-Pistons star
Michigan Live | Dec 18