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Detroit Pistons retire Chauncey Billups' number one jersey

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The Detroit Pistons retired Chauncey Billups' number one jersey on Wednesday night at half time of their 103-92 loss against the Denver Nuggets.

Billups was one of the most iconic players in Pistons history. He was part of the team that won the NBA Championship back in 2004 and was the most valuable player during that Finals of that season.

Before his jersey was raised up into the rafters, the 39-year-old spoke to the crowd in attendance at The Palace of Auburn Hills and reflected upon Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the LA Lakers.

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According to Fox Sports, he said: ''We had one motivation. We wanted to win it here at home.''

Billups is the second player from that 2004 championship team to have his jersey retired by the Pistons, as Ben Wallace's jersey was retired last month on the same night which the Detroit-based franchise defeated the Golden State Warriors.

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While Wednesday night's game didn't draw as many fans as the night of Wallace's enshrinement because of the opponent, Billups still wanted it his ceremony to take place when the Pistons played the Nuggets because of his connection with Denver. The former first round pick was born in Denver and played for the Nuggets from 1999-2000 and 2008-2011.

He said: ''This was by design, only because there's a lot of people that contributed to my success as a player and as a man, in Denver, my hometown. There were several dates that I could have chosen. This one obviously stuck out.''

As for regrets, like many players, he wished he had won more championships over the course of his career. He said: ''I felt like, two and maybe three championships — we were that good."

Billups' 2004 championship-winning teammates were at The Palace on Wednesday night. These were Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. Pistons legend Isiah Thomas was there at the ceremony as well. The two-time NBA Champion said about the event: ''This is what tradition looks like. This is what it feels like.''

This is the second time Billups has had one of his jersey's retired, as his former college, the University of Colorado, retired his number four jersey back in 2004. He was an All-Star five years in a row during his career, from 2006 to 2010.

During his eight-year career with the Pistons, Billups averaged 16.5 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. However, it wasn't his statistics that made him great, rather his ability to make important scores when the game was on the line. Hence why he has the nickname, 'Mr Big Shot'.

Please enjoy the 'Top 10' Billups moments YouTube videos by the NBA and the Pistons and relive your favourite Chauncey Billups moments!

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