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DOM - Villanueva will not play in Venezuela
martes, 9 de julio 2013


The power forward for the Detroit Pistons, Charlie Villanueva, announced yesterday via his Twitter account that he will not be a part of the National Team of the Dominican Republic that will participate in the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Villanueva posted three photos, including one of his tattoo of the Dominican flag and added a message.

"I will  talk about the issue of the DR (Dominican Republic) now, so they do ‘not lie to me, as they did last year. Thanks, and I love my country so much," he wrote.

"I will concentrate my game in the United States because this is an important year for me. Love my country but I'm just focused on my family and career," said Villanueva.

Villanueva was left out of the Dominican national team, which failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games, because according to John Calipari, head coach of the team, he was not satisfied with the physical condition of Villanueva, something that was denied publicly.

Despite what had passed in the past, Villanueva was included in the squad of 27 players that the Dominican Basketball Federation (FEDOMBAL) presented.

Next season will be the last with the Pistons for Villanueva after having signed a five-year, $ 37.7 million contract in July 2009. The power forward was relegated to the bench during the last campaign and had a percent of 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 69 games.

The Dominican Republic is one of the five teams participating in the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup from the 22 to the 26 of August in Puerto Rico, the team will then travel to Caracas, Venezuela for the FIBA Americas Championship from August 30 to September 11.

The team has the goal of qualifying for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Barcelona.

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