Blazers Introduce Billups, ‘Stand by’ Hire Amid Criticism
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers went into damage-control mode while introducing Chauncey Billups as their new head coach. They faced questions Tuesday about how they selected him over more experienced candidates and how sexual assault allegations were lodged against him nearly a quarter-century ago. Billups was never charged in the case and settled out of court with the accuser in 2000. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said the team conducted an independent investigation of the allegations and “stand by" the hiring of Billups.