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Pistons fan has a massive Charlie Villanueva arm tattoo (Picture)

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When it comes to crazy fans and athlete tribute tattoos, you never know what — or who — you might find. If social media has taught us anything, it’s that there’s a big enough fan out there for almost every professional athlete. Charlie Villanueva may not be one of the best players in the NBA, but that didn’t stop one Detroit Pistons fan from getting an incredibly-detailed portrait of the former UConn Husky on his upper arm.

As you can see from the photo above that SB Nation’s Detroit Bad Boys passed along, a commenter shared his tattoo during a comment thread in the middle of a recent Pistons game. Villanueva found out about the ink and was flattered enough to share it on his Instagram account.

Frightening? Yes, but aren’t they all? It doesn’t matter if it’s Stephon Marbury in China, James Harden’s beard or Dirk Nowitzki’s face on a dude’s ass, all of these tribute tattoos are over the top in their own way.

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Charlie Villanueva defends himself after being cut by Dominican team for being out of shape

Charlie Villanueva reportedly was cut from the Dominican Republic basketball team for being out of shape, and he’s attempting to defend himself in response.

The Pistons forward only played 13 games for the Pistons this season because of injury, and he hasn’t been a part of the Dominican team workouts recently.

According to FIBA, Villanueva had a private work out for the team in New York and did not look good.

“Charlie was not in good form when we saw him,” Dominican team coach John Calipari said to Deportes en la Z, per FIBA.

“He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively.

“Last year, Charlie behaved really well with us and his only problem was his weight.”

Villanueva was a member of the team the past few years, but they apparently weren’t happy with his conditioning last summer, so he’s no longer a part of the squad.

Upset that he was being bashed over his conditioning, Villanueva tried defending himself. He posted a picture on Twitter of himself on a scale to show he’s not overweight:

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Charlie Villanueva-Ryan Hollins Fight, Villanueva Turns into Raging Bull

Charlie Villanueva and Ryan Hollins were both ejected Monday night for their roles in a minor fight during the Pistons-Cavs game. It all started when Villanueva went to set a screen on Hollins and led with his shoulder. He was upset that Hollins elbowed him in the mouth, they exchanged words and … well, just watch the Charlie Villanueva-Ryan Hollins fight video and see for yourself:

Villanueva says Hollins said something that set him off, and we’re guessing it was something along these lines. Regardless, there are no words that could justifiably turn Villanueva into the raging bull he became. I’ve seen dudes go on tirades and rants before, but Charlie V truly lost it. While Hollins was by the Cavs bench and Charlie was in the tunnel, he yelled “I will kill that dude.” Yikes! Settle down Charlie and take a few yoga puffs next time.

Kevin Garnett: Charlie Villanueva Is a Nobody, Not Paying Attention to Him

If you thought the “clarification” of Kevin Garnett’s comments and Doc Rivers’ support would be the end of the cancer patient trash talk saga, you were wrong. Asked by a pot-stirring reporter about the situation following Boston’s overtime win over Chicago, KG kept his mouth motoring:

Charlie Villanueva may be a nobody on a nobody team, but it still doesn’t make what Garnett said alright. And if KG considers Villanueva a nobody, why was he wasting words and time on the man?

Honestly though, that reaction is indicative of Garnett’s mentality. KG is a successful player in large part because of his confidence. He talks himself up and prepares himself mentally with his words. Likewise, he talks his opponents down to give himself an edge. Garnett may be wrong, and he probably knows it, but he won’t admit it until he retires. You want to know why? Because he can’t go soft and lose that mental edge. Once he loses that, he’ll be completely done.

Kevin Garnett Backing Off Charlie Villanueva Cancer Comment Is Even Worse

Kevin Garnett’s desire to get inside Charlie Villanueva’s head with some trash talk Tuesday has backfired. Villanueva wrote on his twitter page that KG crossed the line calling him a cancer patient because CV doesn’t have hair. For anyone who knows Garnett’s history, the comment is not surprising. What is surprising is that KG denied the comment on Wednesday:

“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment.”

When you’re in a sane frame of mind you would not be insensitive towards cancer patients, but when you’re in the heat of the moment and trying to win a game you sure as heck would. Who is buying Garnett’s backtracking? Why is he denying it? That just makes things worse because we know he’s lying. Nobody talks trash in complete sentences! Yeah, I’m sure he said “You are cancerous to your team and our league.” Now that phrase just rolls off the tongue. No contractions either. He should have just apologized and admitted he crossed the line. Then we could have respected him for saying he was wrong. Now he just comes across as having even worse judgment than we thought.

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Charlie Villanueva Furious, Says Kevin Garnett Called Him a ‘Cancer Patient’

Of all the things Kevin Garnett has been known for over his 15-year NBA career, trash talking is one of the most notable.  It’s part of KG’s game.  He swears his head off and says anything he has to say in an attempt to throw opponents off their game.  It certainly worked against Washington’s Andray Blatche last season.  Heck, even Ray Allen has had to ask his teammate to cut back on the foul language during practice.

However, there’s always a line that can be crossed and KG may have crossed it Tuesday night when the Celtics played the Pistons.  Garnett called Charlie Villanueva a cancer patient during the game, according to Villanueva’s Twitter.  Villanueva has a medical condition called alopecia universalis, which results in hair loss and has caused him to have no hair on his head.  The Pistons’ forward first put out a Tweet that read “KG called me a cancer patient, I’m pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he’s tossing it like it’s a joke.”

The comment was clearly eating away at Villanueva, because he kept going with the Tweets.  “I wouldn’t even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special place 4 those,” a second message read.

And finally, Villanueva came with the personal call out for KG.  “KG talks alot of crap, he’s prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring with him, I will expose him.”

I don’t know who would have the edge in the octagon or the boxing ring or whatever Villanueva is referring to, but I have to side with Charlie on this one.  Trash talk is trash talk, but that’s taking it a little too far.  KG should be controlling himself better than that and be more mindful of what’s classified as part of the game versus going too far.

Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva Is the Best Detroit Could Do?

Not too long ago I was praising Joe Dumars for recognizing his team wasn’t good enough to beat the elite teams in the East and that he needed to change it up. What I didn’t envision was him using the available cash he freed up under the salary cap to spend on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. By most accounts, the Pistons have agreed on a five-year $55 million deal with Ben Gordon, and a five-year $35 or $40 million deal with Villanueva (there are differing reports).

Maybe it’s just because I’m not a Ben Gordon guy that I don’t like what Detroit’s doing, or maybe it’s because they spent $10 million a season on a sixth man who’s a gunner and not a ball-handler and doesn’t play much defense. Maybe it’s because I prefer Rip Hamilton and can’t envision them paying Gordon $10 mil per and telling him he’s coming off the bench meaning Rip’s probably gone. Now Villanueva’s a decent deal because he can score and board and he comes at a reasonable price as a Rasheed Wallace replacement. The thing I’m missing is the size issue. Where’s their inside presence? Don’t they need one? Maybe I should be patient to see what they add next year before I completely judge because this has to be a work in progress.

The Pistons coaching situation also needs to be determined. They took way too long to fire Michael Curry. It seemed pretty obvious that his decision-making skills were lacking when he kept Iverson in the starting lineup and brought Rip off the bench for as long as he did. I know they’re recruiting Avery Johnson and I like him as a coach, but I just can’t imagine the new personnel really buying into Avery’s defensive mindset. I don’t see that as a great fit. They need to get tougher inside and Dumars has to recognize that. At this point, they remain a non-factor in the East.