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Chauncey Billups
As told to Chris Mannix
May 22, 2006
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May 22, 2006

Chauncey Billups


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On his fashion sense

I'm a casual guy. Nice baggy jeans and a little button-up shirt. Now that I'm making a little change I can get clothes that fit me right. I have two closets, one for suits and dress clothes and another for my Adidas sweat suits and that kind of gear. I got a couple different flavors.

On his nickname, Smooth

I was in fifth grade on a neighborhood team [in Denver], and my coach, Bobby Wilkerson, gave everyone a nickname. For whatever reason mine stuck. In my neighborhood when I go home, everyone still calls me Smooth. I got a lot of pride with that name.

On how he makes those clutch shots he's famous for

You don't think. You can't think. I take that shot with the same ease as a first-quarter shot. I just play and whatever happens, happens. I gravitate to those situations. I consider that the biggest challenge in any sport, having the outcome of the game in your hands.

On being fifth in the MVP voting

I was proud to see my name there with all those great players. People are starting to recognize my talent. It was kind of crazy that they said the biggest thing that hurt me was that I played with all these All-Stars. I don't see how that hurts. It didn't hurt Steve Nash when he played with Shawn Marion and Amar´┐Ż Stoudemire last year. Why does it hurt me? (More on Detroit on page 42.)

On who his MVP vote would have gone to

If I couldn't vote for myself? Probably Kobe. With the team he had, no one expected them to make the playoffs. He kind of willed his team there. He's great, probably the best player in the league. A great defender, too.

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