In 1997 he was chosen with the third overall pick by the Boston Celtics. Tonight he's announcing his retirement. In between, Chauncey Billups was a five-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA team member, and (most importantly according to sports cliches) won the 2004 NBA Title with the Detroit Pistons. For his play in that series, Billups was named the Finals MVP.

Unfortunately knee problems took their toll on the 37-year-old vet, and he decided to hang-up his sneakers after Detroit declined the final year of his contract making him an unrestricted free agent. Of the move Billups said "Me not being able to play the way that I can play, that's when you kind of know it's that time." He finished his career with well over 15,000 points and 5,000 assists.

So where can you expect to see Billups next? According to the man himself "I have always said I had a desire to work in a front office somewhere or also do TV commentating or studio work. Those are the things I desire the most. But at the moment I'll enjoying taking it easy. We'll see where it leads."

[via Yahoo]