Villaneuva Frustrated with Playing Time
(Charlie) Villanueva again didn’t play and has played only 15 minutes all season, erasing the optimism he had when the lockout-shortened year began — and the reality is beginning to set in.
“Mentally it’s frustrating and hard because you worked so hard to get healthy and help the team out,” said Villanueva, who fought ankle problems that kept him out the first two months of the season. “Then after you work so hard you don’t get the minutes that I feel like I should be playing.”
Villanueva is stuck behind (Greg) Monroe, Jason Maxiell, Ben Wallace and Jonas Jerebko in the frontcourt and (Lawrence) Frank likes the rotation as such, despite Villanueva’s diverse set of skills.
“Look, it’s not a knock on Charlie,” Frank said after Monday’s practice. “Charlie is working hard and doing what we’re asking, but my thing is Greg, Max, Jonas, Body (Wallace) — you know they are all doing basically what we’re asking. In order to put Charlie in there, one of those guys has to sit.”