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“My thing is he is Pistons royalty with the things he’s done for this franchise,” Billups said. “He has not warranted the activities they have given to him. I feel like he is one of the greats and his jersey is going to hang in the stands at some point. None of the other guys whose jersey is up there had to go through this.

“It is disrespectful.”

“He feels blatant disrespect and wonders what is going on,” Billups said. “I feel like Rip and Tay (Tayshaun Prince) and Ben (Wallace they should not be treated like that. Especially for the teams they’ve put together.

“He is surprised but there is nothing he can do about it.”