Sorry, I have been super M-I-A the last few weeks…honestly, I'm still decompressing. I know I have the greatest job in the world…my dream job! It is still a job and it is quite a grind. I've been spending a lot of time with my familia and I have a couple of side projects I'm currently working (not basketball related). BUT I did want to write something quickly about the NBA Draft Lottery that had me thinking as I did watch it last night (and also watched the Western Conference Finals of course).
I texted my boy, “this is the first time in 10 years my team is not in the Draft Lottery”. I really thought about that for a second…
It is an exciting moment for those teams in the Lottery, but honestly I am glad Dallas wasn't in it. That meant we didn't need to be in. This was a season of winning…of walking into the locker room and the team's expectation is to win. Our goal for the season was to win the title...that simple. That type of atmosphere was really refreshing. I said it last Summer…I wanted to be in a winning situation. I steered my agent towards those types of situations (during last year's free agency)—Dallas, San Antonio, and LA Clippers. It was clearly the right decision…that is where I belong. I mean, ask Russell Westbrook, who is clearly a competitor, how you think he felt being at the Lottery. He would rather be playing in the Conference Finals.
Anyway, much respect and good luck to those teams. That draft scouting process is no joke. You only have one decision, one pick to get it right. And good luck to me (I need a job), I'm keeping my prayers and mind positive. Also good luck and success to the Mavs. I'm sure this will be an interesting Summer ahead my friends…
I will be in touch.
Yours truly and still believing,
Charlie Villanueva #believeincharlie
PS. Being a New Yorker myself, I know how the Knicks fans can get...hang in there.