Let’s learn why from Real GM.com:
Chauncey Billups of the Denver Nuggets is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2008-09 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.
A 12-year veteran, Billups was one of six divisional winners, which included Boston’s Ray Allen, Detroit’s Antonio McDyess, Golden State’s Ronny Turiaf, San Antonio’s Michael Finley and Washington’s Antawn Jamison.
Billups received 82 first-place votes (2,478 total points) of a possible 336.
Yep, the same Joe Dumars (who is currently the Detroit Pistons general manager) traded the same Chauncey Billups. Irony is truly never lost in the NBA.
Give some credit to Chauncey for being one of the best pure point guards left in the NBA and still arguably the best playoff performer. Although, Dumars probably did the right thing for the Pistons so they can clear cap space and pursue a big name free agent this offseason. The Billups-Iverson deal at this time looks incredibly lop-sided in favor of the Denver Nuggets.
In the end, Irony is just truth conveyed in a tragic light but the only thing you cannot call tragic, the recent play of Chauncey Billups.