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The Highs, The Lows

Dirk Nowitzki and Charlie Villanueva finish with 16 points apiece to help lift the Mavericks over the Pacers in the preseason. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dirk Nowitzki and Charlie Villanueva finish with 16 points apiece to help lift the Mavericks over the Pacers in the preseason.
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The NBA and life in general is a series of roller coaster rides. There are a lot of ups and downs...the highs and the lows. If you followed 'Crossroads' (online reality-based webisode show covering my free agency), I felt like free agency was ONE big roller coaster. One minute I was hyped about a meeting or a workout and the next minute I was worried because I didn’t know what would happen next.

My first 3 preseason games with the Mavs felt just like a roller coaster. I played “OK” the first game but definitely could have done better. I wasn't great in the second game and didn’t play until the 4th quarter in the third game and honestly I felt much more comfortable in that game. Shot the ball well and really tried to go after those rebounds. I am really tuned into Coach Carlisle because he is pushing me to be a better player. One of those areas I need to improve on is rebounding...so I made a conscious push to go after the ball.

The bigger point is that it is important to realize that these highs and lows are a part of the NBA...they are a part of life. I gotta roll with the punches and figure out ways to keep fighting, to keep grinding. My agent told me that this is a fight for my life and he’s dead right. I'M HUNGRY!!!

So I kept my focus in that 3rd game. I didn’t play a minute in those first three quarters and on the real I might have tuned out if this was Detroit. I didn’t tune out, I can't, I always gotta stay ready. There is a different energy about this team and quite frankly I am different as a person and as a professional. Since the immediate move, I arrived and got a good vibe for Dallas. It truly feels like home. Everyone here complements each other (on and off the court) and for the first time in a long time I am really excited about basketball again.

I think it has been well documented that the two teams that had the most interest in me (and that I had the most interest) were the LA Clippers and the Dallas Mavs. My meetings and workouts with Coach Doc and his staff were first class. That being said, there was something about Dallas that simply felt right. I can’t really explain it...

Anyway, I am going to keep riding this roller coaster until the end...and then probably get back on because life is a roller coaster...you can’t quit, but it's important to enjoy the ride. Gotta believe...things happen for a reason. Always evolving... #believeincharlie.

Thankful and grateful,

Charlie Villanueva #believeincharlie

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