Boys from Park Hill honored for recent accomplishments

Community sports group recognizes Chauncey, Rodney Billups

The brothers from Park Hill are doing all right.

Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups and younger brother Rodney were honored for their latest accomplishments Tuesday night at the Hiawatha Recreation Center.

Rodney was recognized for his recent appointment as director of basketball operations for the University of Colorado men’s basketball team, while Chauncey was recognized for being a finalist for the USA World Championship Team.

“The reception was warming,” Rodney said Wednesday. “It’s great because, through us, a lot of kids are seeing there are different avenues they can pursue to become successful.”

Chauncey, a five-time All-Star and former NBA Finals MVP, wasn’t able to attend the event, but he was happy to see his brother receive recognition from the Joint Effort Community Sports Program.

“I’m so proud of him,” Chauncey said. “He had a great basketball career in his own right and now he’s going to do a great job at CU.”

After playing three seasons at the University of Denver, Rodney Billups played professionally overseas for two years.

Chauncey spent two seasons at CU before being selected by the Boston Celtics as the third overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He is preparing to enter his 14th NBA season.

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