They say if you can make it in this concrete jungle you can make it anywhere. I agree with that.
Being a product of NYC, a Queens baller, I can tell you firsthand that it is a tough, gritty city. The game of basketball was hard, physical and helped mold me into the player I am now. More importantly the diversity and beauty of the city made me the person I've become. I am so proud of being from NYC. As soon as I landed today, my boy from NYC sent me this text message….
“New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. It’s climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it---once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.”
I couldn't agree more…there was a reason I decided it was important, during my free agency, during “Crossroads”, to go back to New York. Back to my roots. Well, now I am here…in the Mecca of Basketball. Here to play the Knicks. And then we get my former team, the Pistons, the following day. It is an interesting week for the Mavs to be playing my hometown team and then my former team, back to back…looking forward to the re-connection.
I gotta say though....growing up, I use to hate the Knicks. Mainly, for two reasons: 1) Because I loved Reggie Miller, still do. I wore number #31 most of my pro career in honor of Reggie. He use to kill the Knicks. And 2) because my older brother Rob Carlos loved the Knicks and in my household growing up in Elmhurst, Queens, we would ALWAYS compete in everything. If he went left, I went right....if he liked white, I liked black lol. We use to compete on the most little things. That's the brotherhood we had. I love him and respect him for making me more of a competitor. But wait...this was the game that had me going crazy while we were watching from home. Who remembers this game? I'm sure Spike Lee hasn't forgotten.....lol.
I've always said this, but things work out the way they work out for good reasoning…gotta keep fighting for what you want.
New Yorker For Life,
Charlie Villanueva #believeincharlie
PS—By the way, check out my first ever Google Hangout interview we did live (thanks, SportsBlog).