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Charlie Villanueva #BelieveInCharlie
September 10

My Saga Continues

Hotel View of Downtown Dallas

So…I am in Dallas, got in late last night. If you follow free agency (and sorry we haven’t posted in awhile but a lot of unanswered questions) you know there are reports about me agreeing with the Mavs. We are still working out the details…wish I could tell you more. So stay tuned as my saga continues…

In the meantime, and this comes from my heart. Below is a picture of a t-shirt that my team designed to support the PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center...check it out...

PURCHASE LINK: https://www.booster.com/cvbelieve

Celebrities have come together to take a stand for kindness and tolerance in support of bullying prevention! Show your support for the cause by purchasing an exclusive t-shirt designed by professional basketball player Charlie Villanueva. Learn more here: https://www.booster.com/cvbelieve

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

It would mean a lot to purchase a tee as all proceeds go to raise funds for anti-bullying. Why I support this wholeheartedly is because at the age of 10. I was diagnosed with Alopecia. And I remember having to deal with being “different”. I needed my brothers and older friends and basketball…

I hate bullies. I hate the idea of a kid being bullied. A big reason I worked so hard at basketball (and some people simply think that because I am tall it was given to me) is because I wanted to avoid the bullies. Who can bully the basketball star? It was after school programs/basketball that truly helped me deal with Alopecia. So support this program through buying a tee. It is for a good cause.

And keep in touch, keep in tuned with my progression.

Keep believing...in yourself,

Charlie Villanueva

#believeincharlie #creoencharlie

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August 28

The FINAL "Crossroads" Webisode Week #8: Now We're Here [ VIDEO ]

 Took long enough, but the FINAL Webisode #8 is FINALLY here. I'll keep it short....

Not exactly where I wanted my situation to be at the moment, but the journey continues. Still blessed, thankful, and optimistic. This birthday year was truly special indeed, one I'll never forget. Thanks to all you guys for the continuing support.

Charlie Villanueva
#believeincharlie #creoencharlie 

August 28

Status Update.... Finale Webisode

So, I haven't seen a first cut of Webisode 8, the finale, yet but I am told by the lab that it is very interesting.  A big reason it hasn't posted yet is because so much is changing every single day. It literally is a roller coaster.

What's interesting and crazy is the ups and downs of free agency.  My agent said to me, early in the process, is that things in the NBA can change quickly.  And I gotta tell you I see that now first hand...

To be completely honest, there is some level of anxiety and frustration on my end. Anxiety in that I'm the type of dude that likes to know what's ahead so I can plan accordingly. I know that playing in the NBA is a privilege that I'm grateful for and this free agency is what my friend likes to say is a good problem, but I am at that point where I want this process to wrap up so I can start looking for a new place to live and plan my life. I'm frustrated a little too. I never saw this playing out this way.

I guess this is good "drama" for the webisode series and again I wish I could give the details of the teams I am talking to but not quite yet. All I may be able to tell you is that three Western Conference teams that have a legit shot at the title with interest in the mix (you guys can figure it out).  What it's all about now is whether I'm the right fit for them or not?  Are they the right fit for me or not?  What happens if it isn't one of these teams?  Then what?  Like I said, more questions than answers...

You should watch the finale. It has been delayed the last two days due to patching up some moving parts. I'm not sure if the ultimate story will have an ending on Webisode #8. I guess you just going to have to tune in for tonight's final release and you be the judge.

God has a plan,

Charlie Villanueva
#believeincharlie #creoencharlie

August 26

My Birthday and Final Webisode of Crossroads

B'Day Cake

So, A LOT has happened since I last posted and since the last webisode.  I turned 30 and guys....I feel amazing, truly blessed to be healthy and surrounded by family. I'm thankful. We had a nice little BBQ at mom dukes' crib in Bayside, Queens...check out the pics...

Family Pic

My Brothers

Love My Mom

Dominican Dominos

Speaking of Queens, I spent a lot of time in NYC this Summer.  I felt like I needed to go back to my roots.  Reboot, go back to where it started.  And where it started was in Queens when I was first coming up.  Nate Blue (pictured below) is one of those dudes that is engrained in the NYC basketball scene.  I can honestly say that he saw a lot in me when I was coming up and I always appreciate his feedback.  He truly knows basketball, high IQ. He mentored me as a child growing up. Got real love for Nate.

My boy and mentor Nate Blue

Also, spent some time with my Dominican hermano, Robinson Cano.  He and CC (Sabathia) had a dope charity game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  More pics!

Mi hermano Robinson Cano

Roc Nation Charity Event (Red Carpet)

Anyway, regarding the webisode, the WHOLE TEAM, decided that we wanted to end on a high, dope note so we are pushing the last webisode to tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26th, like 7:30pm ET (usual airtime).  To be honest, a lot has happened.  A lot of questions have been answered (more questions are out there), I have met with teams and the process is moving along.  This whole thing:  free agency, "Crossroads", this NBA life has been one big roller coaster.  And like any good roller coaster there are highs, lows, speed ups, bumps, deep drops, but like any good roller coaster it is fun and I am anxious to get back in line.  So with this process, it has been interesting, I have learned a lot, and it is a growing, learning experience.  I really did this for the fans...wanted to do something different, shine a light on something, in the NBA, that the normal everyday fan doesn't always get to see BUT can totally relate to.  I wish I could show more but there are certain things (like the teams I am meeting with right now) that I cannot share...not yet.  Watch the show tomorrow...

And we are thinking about producing bonus webisodes, maybe a Season 2 or signing webisode, and in general posting throughout the upcoming season.  This "Crossroads" thing isn't only about free agency.  It is about the rebirth of my NBA career/legacy.  It is about life...

Now we're here...let's see where we go.

Stay tuned,

Charlie Villanueva
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Charlie Villanueva
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Charlie Villanueva
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August 19

Crossroads Webisode Week #7: Progress Takes Patience [ VIDEO ]

This waiting period is becoming old to me right about now lol, but the great Benjamin Franklin once said "Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." So patience is what I'll continue. Spending time with my family, doing what I love, and staying in the gym is how I'll define my patience.

And by the way, I just had to do the #IceBucketChallenge. It's only right and for a great cause. Please continue the support. For more information: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html 

Enjoy,

Charlie Villanueva
#believeincharlie #creoencharlie 

Peace,
Charlie Villanueva
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August 18

What A Life

Hola,

I have a close friend who always says "what a life".  It is almost his mantra.  I keep asking him what it means and he doesn't really give me a real answer but I think it means life is good and that we should count our blessings.  So I am with that...

A big blessing in my life is little man, CJ.  He always makes me smile and this weekend we hit leggoland up.  CJ, I love you kid and you are my legacy... 

Speaking of legacy, want to reiterate that a big part of why I am working hard and looking at this free agency Summer as a pivotal point in my career is because I want to change my basketball / NBA legacy.  Playing professional basketball, the only job I ever wanted, is eventually going to go away one day so it is up to me to help reshape my legacy.  So, and I have said this before, I have been really vocal with my agent that being a part of a playoff contending team is really important.  So my agent and I are now working those dates out...

I wish I could tell you specifics about the teams and the dates of the workouts but right now need to keep that information close to the vest.  Part of it is because I am superstitious, don't want to jinx anything, and the other part of it is that I want to let my agent do his thing...

So it is now August 18th and I truthfully thought I would be signed by now but it looks like this free agency is going to go into September.  I may be one of the last veteran free agent signings.  It doesn't bother me at all...it is what it is.  I have to keep grinding, keep working hard, and know there is a bigger plan that will work out.  I will say, and I can say this with confidence, that I will be on an NBA roster and cannot wait to change that legacy...


What a life,

Charlie Villanueva
#believeincharlie #creoencharlie 
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August 12

Crossroads Webisode Week #6: Never Forgotten [ VIDEO ]

So the latest and greatest webisode of "Crossroads" is now available. 

"Never Forgotten" pays homage to my UCONN days and the lifetime bonds I made. I play in a charity game my Coach, Jim Calhoun, hosts every other year at Mohegan Sun.  As most of you already know, in 2004, we took home the national championship and it is one of my greatest accomplishments, as a basketball player.  We will forever be champions....no one can ever take that away from us.  And that is a big part of where I am at in this crossroads.  I have won at every level.  I won every possible title in college:  regular season Big East Champions, the Big East tournament and the national championship.  I have, unfortunately, not even experienced the playoffs in the NBA.  That has to change.  I have to be part of that change and that is what I am striving for and is a big reason my off-season workouts have been so in-depth.  I know I have work to do. 

That being said, I am still working out my free agency status and workout schedule with my agent.  The only thing I can say for certain is that playing overseas is not even on the table (NBA teams are definitely interested), I will have to workout for a few teams (right now we have 3 committed to working me out), my agent is working to continue to get me out there (we had a nice conversation last night), and that the ultimate goal is to be on a playoff contending team.  I am certain the NBA junkies who know the ins and outs of the salary cap and who follow free agency can make some educated guesses on what teams are interested...

Someone asked me how "Crossroads" is going and honestly it has been an adventure.  I really wanted to show the fans a different side to free agency and what a vet might go through to get a job.  But more importantly this is a journey that runs past free agency.  I feel honored when I hear back from people...the good and the bad and even more honored that my peers are paying close attention (Ben Gordon told me he watches every Tuesday when we launch).  So enjoy, and keep commenting at me because I appreciate the responses...we are trying to do something ORGANIC!

#3 (at UCONN),

Charlie Villanueva
#believeincharlie #creoencharlie

August 12

Websiode First Cut

So I saw the first cut of Webisode 6 and it looks great.  Again big shout out to Tivity Social (my brothers Rob & Rob).  This entire series is being shot on smartphones, on the run, by my inner circle and we are controlling the message.  We are getting great reviews but like everything in life we can get better so feel free to comment so we can continue to tell a good story.  Stay tuned, 7:30pm EST ON THE DOT...Webisode 6!

Hasta luego,

Charlie Villanueva
#believeincharlie #creoencharlie

August 11

Perseverance

The definition of perseverance is "steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success."  So I am persevering...I obviously haven't signed a contract yet and you the fans/readers will be the first to know.  Well, I guess I will be the first to know but you know what I mean. 

Anyway, tomorrow is the launch of Webisode #6 and it took me back to my college days.  Had a good time with my people from CT...reminiscing about the college days, hanging with the fellas, catching up with coach.  Like I have said before, I have made lifetime friendships at UCONN.  Make sure to catch the show tomorrow at 7:30pm EST...we are committed to 8 webisodes but we may extend depending on when I sign.  Drama...

As far as free agency is concerned, the update is that I am working out my schedule now with my agent.  It could be the end of August, it could be in September.  I will be honest, the process has been longer than I expected and is weighing on me in that I am the type of person that wants to take care of things right away.  What I mean by that is that it eases my mind when I know what is next...the waiting, the unknown definitely weighs on me.  Anyway, all I can say for sure is that I will be working out for at least 3 teams and that number could increase.  Things in the NBA change so quickly.  Working on the details right now...and promise an update once I hear more. 

Stay in touch, stay in tune, watch the show tomorrow, comment, hit me...

Believe...God has a plan.

Always thankful, 

Charlie Villanueva
#believeincharlie #creoencharlie

PS. Want to give a shoutout to my cousin Bryant and my brothers Rob E & Rob C....I need and appreciate all you have done for "Crossroads".  

August 9

Brotherhood

What's up my people,

Got back from a great weekend in Connecticut as I played in the Jim Calhoun Charity Classic.  Good to see my old teammates, UCONN basketball brothers (guys I never played with), and glad to be a part of a great cause.  We lost at the buzzer as Khalid El-Amin hit yet another big shot.  I had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks (got you twice, Kemba) in a loss... 

I have to say one of the best things I ever did in my basketball life was going to UCONN (and it almost didn't happen twice...will save those stories for another time or the biography).  I cannot say enough about how Coach Calhoun has built a program that preaches and practices the importance of family.  10 years after we won the National Championship we still get together every 2 years for his charity event but even more so we still stay together.  I can go a long time not speaking to BG (Ben Gordon) or Rashard Anderson and as soon as I see them it is like nothing has changed.  And Rudy Gay is my suitemate for life (good luck with the USA team brother)!  Going to college you have an opportunity to form some great, forever lasting friendships and I am proud to say I have those with the fellas I won the title with and beyond.  

Going back to CT is always a humbling experience because the fans' passion for us is genuine.  Think about it...UCONN basketball, men's and women's are the pro team in CT. Growing up, my dream was to play in the NBA.  And I have accomplished that, know there is more to prove and I am truly living in the moment.  BUT there is nothing like playing for a collegiate program with as much history as UCONN.  I truly feel blessed to have that experience.  It has made me into a better player and more importantly person.  


So shout out to Coach Calhoun for building a program that wins (not 3, but 4 titles!) but also is a family.  Check out the photo gallery from a weekend reminiscing...

Husky forever,

Charlie Villanueva
#believeincharlie #creoencharlie

PS. Webisode #6 launches on Tuesday.  No real progress on the free agent front, as it has been a slow week for most NBA teams but stay tuned...

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