NBA star and Denver native Chauncey Billups retires after 17 seasons

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DENVER — Chauncey Billups, the Denver native and 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player is retiring after playing in the NBA for 17 seasons according to a report at Yahoo Sports.

The Denver native and George Washington High School graduate starred at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He was the third pick in the 1997 NBA draft and he went to the Boston Celtics.

Billups is best known for his time with the Detroit Pistons from 2002-2008.

The 5-time All Star played for the Denver Nuggets and led them to the 2009 Western Conference Finals. He last played with the Pistons.

“It’s just time. I’m happy, excited,” he told Yahoo Sports Tuesday. “The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process.”

The University of Colorado honored Billups’ accomplishments by retiring his number 4 jersey at the school in 2004.

He averaged 15 points, 5.4 assists and sank 38.7 percent of his 3-point attempts in his career. He scored 15,802 points.

He’s retiring in Denver with his wife Piper and their three girls. He could have a future as an NBA front-office executive, but he says no plans like that are in the works at the moment.

He is strongly involved in the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy in the Mile High City and he is co-owner of 30 Wendy’s restaurants in St. Louis with former NBA player Junior Bridgeman.

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