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Clippers not expecting Chauncey Billups back until November

Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups (1) drives past Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo (6) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


Chauncey Billups says he wants to be ready for the start of the season. But the Clippers are not really counting on the 36-year-old bouncing back from an Achilles injury that fast.

In a report discussing how the Clippers will start this season trying to play catch up due to injury, Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles has this note:

To make matters worse, Chauncey Billups, who is still recovering from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in February, isn’t expected to return to the court until November, while Lamar Odom, who hasn’t played in an NBA game since April 7, has been spending most of the summer trying to get back into basketball shape.

For those scoring at home, Billups will be out for training camp and maybe the start of the season. Chris Paul is expected to return from thumb surgery midway through training camp. Blake Griffin (coming off knee surgery) and Lamar Odom (coming off whatever the heck happened to his mind last season) will be brought along slowly. And there are six new guys on the roster to fit into the rotation.

What we’re saying is, don’t bet on a fast Clippers start.