Former NBA star and current TV analyst, Chauncey Billups, has been shadowing Knicks GM Scott Perry as he hopes to be in his position one day.
Billups and Perry have a very close relationships, stemming back to Billups high school days. Perry was also present with the Pistions when they made two straight NBA Finals runs in 2004 and 2005 with Billups running the point. It was there where the bond was built.
"I love Scott -- I've known him since I was 16," Billups told The Post's Marc Berman. "He was there under Joe Dumars' leaderhip and tutelage. We developed a great friendship through those years. You can tell he's very good at what he does....I think he's going to do a great job there."
Billups has front office aspirations, but it needs to be the right position. He turned down becoming the Cavaliers GM this offseason.
The 41-year-old wanted to learn the day-to-day operations of a GM, which is why he followed president Steve Mills along with Perry from Sunday to Tuesday to soak in their knowledge.
"Just me learning from my guy," Billups said. "I got great respect for him and got a chance to meet with Steve. I'm trying to keep myself in shape for maybe an opportunity I hope to get to be in a position of Scott or Steve. Sharpening my tools, man. I'm very glad I did it. It was a healthy few days."
Perry has traveled all over the NBA recently as he jumped from the Magic to the Kings before eventually taking the GM job of the Knicks. Billups believes Perry's wisdom and formula can right the ship for the Knicks, who were left broken following Phil Jackson's tenure.
"It's connectabiliity," Billups said. "Scott's going to connect with all the guys on the team, guys in free agency, draft picks. That alone is important for a player. I know what it meant to me to come to Detroit and have a guy like Joe [Dumars], who connected with us so easily. I think Scott is able to do that.
"He's very organized, very professional. He's seen it done the right way with out championship [in 2004]. Scott and Steve have done a great job with the environment."
The Knicks are surprising many with their 6-5 record already this season, and despite rebuilding initiatives, Billups had a feeling the Knicks were going to hover around .500 all season.
"I'm not really surprised that they're around .500," he said. "They got what's going to be one of the great players of this generation in [Kristaps Porzingis]. They got a lot of players around them like [Enes] Kanter -- an automatic double-double. Jarret Jack hasn't gotten enough credit for his veteran leadership and just being a pro.
"The spirit of the team is good and they don't have the Melo drama around the team. It's good to see Melo in a good situation but healthy for the team as well to get that done."
So, as Billups continues to work for ABC/ESPN as an analyst, he will also look forward to a potential career in an NBA front office. With his recent connection with Perry, he could see himself working alongside his friend in the coming years.
Billups played only 21 games with the Knicks in his 17-year NBA career. He averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 assists, and shot 42 percent from the field over his career.