Jersey Monday: Chauncey Billups

To tip off four consecutive weeks of NCAA men's basketball related "Jersey Monday" posts, I figured I'd start with one of the teams that was left out of this year's Field of 68 (I'm still getting used to that number, after I'd finally gotten used to 65), Colorado.

The Buffaloes aren't known as a basketball school, but back in the mid '90s they had some success with Billups, a Denver native who stayed in state for college.

I picked up this jersey when Billups was a rookie with the Celtics, hoping to get it signed at a game, but by the time the majority of the games for which I had tickets rolled around, Billups had been traded to Toronto for Kenny Anderson. It was just one of the many short-sighted moves by Celtics coach/GM Rick Pitino, who helmed one of the worst runs in Boston history -- one that fortunately for me made it easy to get tickets.

Billups bounced around a little bit after his Boston stint, landing in Denver, Orlando (where he was on the roster, but injured and never played) and Minnesota before finally breaking through with Detroit. He's currently with the Knicks, where he can hear teammate Carmelo Anthony talk about how great Syracuse's chances are in the tournament this year, while quietly seething over Colorado being relegated to the NIT.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.