New York Knicks guard Chauncey Billups is afraid this NBA lockout will not only hurt his career, but also of the new guys entering the league.
Billups went through the 1998-1999 NBA lockout during his second season in the league, and he saw the impact it had on the veteran players at the time. These players had to sacrifice their earnings so that the young players, like Billups, could also earn a good amount of money.
Now that Billups is the elder spokesman, he understands that he must help out the young men coming into the league. He is set to make $14.2 million next season, but is looking at the bigger picture when it comes to income.
“I don’t want to lose that money,” Billups told Newsday by telephone from his home in suburban Denver. “Nobody wants to lose the biggest payday they are ever going to get. I’m never going to get another payday like that again.
“However, I’ve got to look at the big picture and say, ‘Is it about me, selfishly?’ Say, ‘Just strike a deal, I don’t care what it is, because I just want to get my money?’ Or do I care about all these young guys who have 10 to 15 years to play?”