The question is whether the Pistons, led by Los Angeles-based owner Tom Gores, will give Billups the opportunity.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Chauncey Billups underwent a successful arthroscopic surgical procedure on his left knee.
Bynum, a sixth-year player, did not seem much happier with the situation on Thursday at the team practice facility.
“Some people just have it in them, those ice-cold veins,” said forward Greg Monroe. “He just has a knack for making big shots.”
Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and the new-look Detroit Pistons won their season opener in convincing fashion, beating the Washington Wizards 113-102 Wednesday night.
The PIstons have missed the playoffs the last four seasons, but if the team’s ability to win has changed as much as its roster, Detroit could be in good shape.
Detroit Pistons’ general manager Joe Dumars made a splash this summer, adding Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings to a young lineup, and the league has taken notice.
Billups hit the court for the Pistons’ preseason game Thursday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers, and his presence was instantly felt by teammates.
“Man, look, I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame,” Billups said. “I just want to help.”
The Detroit Pistons celebrate 25 years at the Palace of Auburn Hills this season, and the team’s commercial for the upcoming year pays tribute to the franchise’s history.