The 17-year NBA veteran and Colorado basketball immortal leaves the game having accomplished what few can claim. A five-time All-Star and 2004 NBA Finals MVP, he was legitimately one of the best players of his era, a smooth point guard known across the country for his clutch shooting and measured control of his team. He won numerous honors, both collective and personal, while being a model citizen and ambassador of the game. There were few like him.
But the wear of all those miles as a leading man had begun to show, as the star had only seen action in 61 games over the past three seasons. With nearly everything possible accomplished in the game he loves, I imagine he retires with a clear mind and few regrets.
I'm sorry to say, but my CU fandom is purely ex post facto Chauncy's tenure in Black and Gold. I have no direct memory of the Big Shot era in Boulder, no personal connection to the heroics that sent Bobby Knight on a cold, rainy walk home. To me, Chauncey was always a professional athlete. But even from my more neophyte view, it would be impossible to discuss the history of basketball at the University of Colorado without devoting volumes to #4. Accordingly, there is simply no amount of gratitude that I can express that would live up to his contributions to the game in Boulder. The best I can say is 'thank you Chauncey,' and hope he gets the successfully peaceful retirement that he has earned.
... also, a big damn statue outside of the CEC.