Clippers G Billups ahead of schedule in Achilles' recovery

Associated Press

9/7/2012 6:51:06 PM

The LA Times is reporting that Los Angeles Clippers' point guard Chauncey Billups is "far ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a torn left Achilles' tendon.

Billups tore the tendon on February 6 and was expected to need eight months to recover. However, the veteran guard is already back on court working out, though he has yet to play five-on-five.

"When my body feels right, that's when I'll be back," Billups was quoted by the LATimes. "That being said, I'm far ahead of schedule.

"It's not even like I had a summer. I've been on the whole time, doing rehabbing and other work every day. I'm looking forward to getting back to playing and being with the guys and resuming my normal life as a player."

After initial reluctance at joining the Clippers, who won his rights in an amesty waiver auction, Billups became a leader and mentor for the exciting young team that also features stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul

In 20 games before his injury, Billups averaged 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in a little over 30 minutes per game.

Billups' ahead-of-schedule recovery is more welcome news for a team that has reason to be very optimistic heading into the season after adding veterans Lamar Odom and Grant Hill to their talented core this summer.