Who Said There's No "I" In Team?: Things Are Different in Denver!!

JAMES E KING IIIContributor IMay 19, 2009

DENVER - MAY 13:  Chauncey Billups #7 of the Denver Nuggets reacts being called for a foul against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 13, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Man who put the "I" in Team

When Chauncey Billups was traded back to the Denver Nuggets, he was there in 1998-99(lockout season), a lot of talk was made on both sides.

The celebrated ‘Hometown Basketball Hero’ was back, and Denver’s stormy affair with "The Answer," Allen Iverson, was over. Denver acquired the point guard they needed, and Detroit was getting the "scorer" they wanted.

Allen, beset by injuries, personal problems (nothing new there), and "team issues", was glad to get out of the "Mile High", and Chauncey said he was glad to back to back home, in familiar surroundings again.

His skills, and appreciation for the NBA as a business, have been honed and sharpened, by his being able to "adapt and improvise" during the many stops in his career, including a 2004 Finals MVP Award while with the Pistons.

While there’s no "I" in team, Chauncey’s arrival in Denver shows how one individual’s leadership can not only turn a teams’ attitude, but can impact a whole season.

Billups is home, and the whole team has embraced him and his play.

We all know Basketball is a TEAM Sport and the "old adage," there’s no "I" in team. But, if any ONE MAN has made a difference to a team, it has certainly been Chauncey Billups.

The returning hometown hero definitely brought a change to the Nuggets, as a team.

Chauncey an established and experienced leader, stepped into the Denver lineup and brought a sense of stability and reliability at the point guard position, which the Nuggets lacked.

Chauncey has led the Nuggets to the Western Finals. There is may no "I" in team, but Billups proves, that sometimes it takes ONE individual to be that team’s catalyst.