The Boston Celtics have begun their head coaching search to supplant Brad Stevens, and one of their interviewed candidates was LA Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups.
Billups, a former Celtic during his playing days, is viewed as the “likely choice” to be Terry Stotts’ successor with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Interviewing for the Celtics opening is Billups doing his due diligence to make sure he has options. Although, he’s viewed as the favorite in Portland, other coaches such as Mike D’Antoni have been linked to the job.
Being a respected 17-year veteran in the league put Billups in a position where after one season with the Clippers, he’s in a prime position to coach a playoff team. His leadership skills and being a constant winner have helped get him to this point.
Although being a great player could only get some so far, lack of coaching experience is what could be the only ding on him. Just a few seasons ago Billups was rumored to be in consideration for a front-office role.
With his mind on coaching now, Billups recently received an endorsement from his former teammate, Richard Hamilton in regards to the Blazers job.
“Chauncey wants to coach right now,” Hamilton said. “Hopefully, he gets his opportunity.”
Both Billups and Hamilton played a role in reviving the Detroit Pistons during the 2000s, which included a 2004 championship and six consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.
“Chauncey Billups is one of the best leaders that I’ve ever been around,” Hamilton said. “I think he’ll be great for whoever gets him.”