By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: March 17th, 2012 at 3:41 PM EST
Chauncey Billups has returned to the Los Angeles Clippers.
He has been away from the team for a month after tearing his left Achilles tendon. He showed up this morning, before the Clippers played against the Houston Rockets.
He got hurt on February 6th in an overtime win at the Orlando Magic, and had surgery a short time later. The team has been playing .500 since Billups was lost for the season.
The team has lost five of the past seven games. Randy Foye has been the starting guard since Billups was inured.
“It’s definitely bittersweet,” Billups said. “I would just like to be walking in and putting my jersey on, of course, going out there and fighting with the guys. Obviously, I can’t do that. But on the flip side, it’s just really good to see the guys and see them just as happy to see me.
“It’s been tough, and kind of a helpless feeling. It’s been a struggle, watching the inconsistency night in and night out. We were really in a rhythm when I went down. Roles had been defined, and guys had embraced their roles. Then when I went down, things kind of changed a little bit.”
He came to the Clippers in December after the New York Knicks released him.