Life and Stuff

By CharlieVillanueva
Nov. 02, 2014

I mentioned a few posts ago that a lot has been going on off the court for me and I figured now was the time to write a little about it….

Life is crazy. Life is a roller coaster. Life is filled with highs and lows...peaks and valleys. You have to endure. I have a very blessed life, but I think people don’t realize that we are all human beings. We all, whether in the NBA or not, go through Life's ups and downs…

So my grandmother passed away....mi abuelita. My mother’s mother. This past end of September, all of my cousins, on that side of the family, went down to the Dominican Republic to say our goodbyes. And the crazy part was that she fought for weeks when doctors gave her days to live. She was a fighter. She was a very strong woman who was the only person in our family who could bring us all together. I have a picture of all of us cousins taking her to hospital in Cabrera (D.R.) and I will always cherish that moment because she meant so much to all of us.

She was so giving that even on her death-bed she said she wished she could take some money so she could help the poor in the Dominican Republic. Even on her death-bed she was thinking of others. "Te amo y te extrano. Te prometo que siempre cuidader a su hija."

So that was part of the tough times in life…

And recently, and I know it has been reported, I got engaged to the love of my life: my wifey, Michelle Game. I have never been so focused, so clear about what I want out of my life and she is it for me. She is beautiful, smart, savvy, successful, a wonderful mother and makes me laugh and smile so effortlessly. I honestly have never felt this way before. She is FROM Dallas, out of all places lol, so that makes this, the engagement, my job with the Mavs, mean so much to me. I am so happy to spend the rest of my life with you, Michelle. It is about us…

And it’s life, right? And a big part of my life is basketball. We won our home opener pretty nicely. The ball movement is unreal especially for a team full of guys who really haven’t played together. The chemistry between Jameer Nelson and Tyson Chandler is developing...they got the alley-oop game working. Devin Harris balled out. Monta is a basketball savant. J.J. Barea was a great addition…it is good to have another Hispanic brother on the team. There isn’t anything that CP (Chandler Parsons) can’t do and it is a pleasure to watch Dirk work. His footwork and jumper are flawless…I am already learning so much from him. And we won last night against the Pelicans…we got ballers…we are deep.

That being said, I came here to win and contribute. I am staying ready, staying sharp, so as soon as the coaches figure out how to use me, we will be even deeper and that much more dangerous. It feels right to be here…good things brewing in Big D.

Happy Sunday,

Charlie Villanueva #believeincharlie