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Old 01-13-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Default Slow 2011-12 start for Charlie Villanueva

Charlie Villanueva was eager to make a good impression on new Pistons coach Lawrence Frank.

But a three-game suspension to start the season and now a sore right ankle have contributed to Villanueva playing only six minutes through 10 games.

On Thursday, he missed the chance to face the Bucks, his previous team before he signed that infamous five-year, $35-million deal in the summer of 2010.

"It's frustrating because you get a new start, new coach, new staff, you kind of want to go out there and show what you can do," Villanueva said after Thursday morning's shoot-around. "Then you start off being suspended the first couple of games, and then my ankle. So I really just haven't had the opportunity to go out there and play. It's been frustrating."

-- Detroit Free Press
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