Flying the Friendly Skies

Pistons guard Chauncey Billups discusses life aboard the team plane

While many NBA teams charter planes through a major airline for their journeys between road games, the Detroit Pistons have their own -- the Roundball One.

Check out photos both outside and inside the plane, then read what guard Chauncey Billups told Pistons.com about the luxury and convenience of private travel.



Detroit's private jet: The Roundball One


Spacious quarters with tables and seats allow players to stretch out in comfort.

Have you ever been on the road without a team plane?
Billups:
Oh yeah, in college.

What's the difference? How much better is it to have your own plane?
Billups:
It's a lot better to have your own plane. Even in the NBA, other teams I've played on, we chartered Northwest and when you get there, the plane leaves and it's somebody else's. So having your own plane, you know if you leave something on it, it's going to be there. Everybody's got their seat picked out -- it's like it's a kind of stability.

It's good to have consistency as opposed to flying on a different plane like Northwest charters. The plane was alright but it really wasn't that comfortable. The plane should fit the team -- people sitting wherever. I definitely enjoy having our own team plane.

Do you ever play video games on the plane?
Billups:
I am not really into the games. I don't play sport games -- the only games I play are the fighting games. Yeah, I don't really play the sport games.

Who on the team plays the most video games on the plane?
Billups:
Earlier in the year it would have been Corliss and I think Chucky -- he was a big video guy. He's gone now. Corliss and Rip play. Who else? Tayshaun plays. Ben plays a little bit. We don't have too many. I know I've been on some teams where everybody on the whole team plays video games. You know what I mean? We only have three or four, two or three guys really, that play.

Do you guys watch movies?
Billups:
We just play cards. Me, Ben, Rip, Tay -- we never sleep. We play cards the whole night.

What do you play?
Billups:
We play a game, it's called, "Bour