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Old 09-21-2008, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bucks Give Villanueva Another Shot

Anyone think this is CV's last chance to shine? I mean, he been given a couple opportunities to step up in which he hasn't taken advantage of. Skiles won't put up with shit especially Charlie's sulking which we've seen often in his short professional career. Anyone think this could be his year now that he'll likely being one of their starting five?

Originally Posted by JSOnline
Villanueva said a friend sent him a text message saying ESPN was reporting Yi and Bobby Simmons were going to the Nets for Richard Jefferson.

“I was, like, ‘There’s no way,’ ” Villanueva recalled. “In my mind, I thought it was me going to be traded. With all the hype he (Yi) got . . . that one caught me off-guard.

“I was, like, ‘OK, whew.’ ”

Indeed, the 6-foot-11 Villanueva is being given a great opportunity to seize the starting power forward position, with Milwaukee’s new management team in place with general manager John Hammond and coach Scott Skiles.

Yi is in New jersey and Jefferson is taking over as the Bucks’ starting small forward. It’s a much different situation from a year ago, when Villanueva wasn’t sure whether he or Yi would be starting, and the 7-foot rookie gained the nod in training camp and for the first 48 games of the season.

“It’s funny how things work,” Villanueva said in an interview Thursday. “When the season was over, I had my doubts. I didn’t think I was going to be back.

“I hate to make excuses, but now I’m clear-minded. I already know what to expect. It (the situation last season) was very hard. I was very frustrated at times, my minutes being inconsistent. But that’s the past; it’s over with. It was a learning experience.”
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