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Former Pistons guard, Chauncey Billups will retire

Chauncey Billups is calling it quits after 17-years in the NBA. (Source:WOIO) Chauncey Billups is calling it quits after 17-years in the NBA. (Source:WOIO)

Chauncey Billups is calling it quits after 17-years in the NBA.

The five-time NBA All-Star told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports "It's just time. I know when it's time,"

"My mind and my desire is still strong. I just can't ignore the fact that I haven't been healthy for three years. I can try again and get to a point where I think I can go, but I just can't sustain. Me not being able to play the way that I can play, that's when you kind of know it's that time." Billups told Spears.

Billups, 37, spent most of his career in Detroit (2002-08) where they won the NBA Championship in 2004. Billups won the NBA Finals MVP award. His most recent stint was with the Pistons where he came back for one year.

Billups aka "Mr. Big Shot" was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the third overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft.

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