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Kristian Winfield: Almost doesn’t count for Becky Hammon, Chauncey Billups or the Trail Blazers

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The Portland Trail Blazers chose not to hire Becky Hammon as their next head coach. Instead, they hired Chauncey Billups, who was allegedly involved in a rape incident in 1997 and settled the case out of court. The optics are terrible. The Trail Blazers somehow made it worse. Billups had a chance to explain himself at his introductory press conference on Tuesday, and he said the incident in 1997 shaped the rest of his life “in unbelievable ways.” Any good reporter would have a follow-up, and The Athletic’s Jason Quick asked Billups a simple question: How? How did the incident shape your life? …

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