To quote Phil Jackson: "I have had a stomach full of Billups". And not because of his forays to the hoop, which was the context in which Phil made that comment. BTW, when was the last time you say him consistently drive and finish in traffic instead of settling for his streaky 3pt shot? I know he's only three seasons removed from leading us to the Championship, but there are some strong indications his over-confidence and misplaced ego are out of control, which is the exact opposite of what the Piston's need to move forward and re-gain the Championship belts. 1. At the end of the Boston series this was the general fallout: The fan's were pissed. Dumar's was pissed - as in, all your asses are now on the trade market, but I am cool with that - kind of pissed. Mr D? Bet he was pissed. Sheed has looked pissed at not getting to the finals, both this and last year, and knows its time for change: "That's the end, man". Dice weeps. In public. Again. And Billup's reaction was along the lines of "I hope Joe does not make any major changes. That he keeps things the same way." Great. 2. Down 0-1 to Philly, Billups states that even if they go down 0-2, he still feels like they are going to win the series. Do I need to say anymore? 3. Now this. Bucher breaks the news that Billups has taken his name out of consideration for one of the spots on the 12-man Olympic team: ESPN - Citing family reasons, Billups pulls out of consideration for Beijing - Olympic Basketball Some poignant comments have already been made in another thread, so I won't rehash them, except the suggestion that the timing to announce his decision makes no sense. Why withdraw now at the 11th hour? Why not withdraw earlier, or later, instead of virtually on the eve of the team being announce? Its an honor just to be in consideration, even if you did not make the 12 man team. It would be an honor to be selected, even if you had to decline shortly afterwards, so why withdraw now? It was obvious he was going to be left off. A shallow PR move if I ever saw one. He cannot accept that he is no longer a top-tier PG (and IMO stopped being one when LB left town). Even Isiah knew when it was time, and gave up ALL his minutes on the Dream Team II, even when he could have still dominated during spot minutes. Mr Big Ego needs to go.