Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  16 responses

Charlie Villanueva Wants Jonas Jerebko’s Job

Charlie V wants to start in Detroit next season: “Jonas Jerebko endeared himself to John Kuester and his coaching staff last season with his relentless motor and wound up starting more games, 73, than any Piston. He followed up by starring for the Swedish national team this month in Eurobasket play, a pre-Olympic qualifier, averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds a game. That logically makes Jerebko the odds-on favorite to again start up front next to Ben Wallace. But Charlie Villanueva is going to training camp with the intention of winning the starting power forward position. ‘That’s my mentality – to be a starter,’ Villanueva said after a heavy workout Monday following a weekend spent celebrating his 26th birthday with friends and family. ‘But at the same time, I don’t want it to be given to me. I want to earn it. I believe I can be a starter in this league. I’ve done it before. When we get closer to training camp, I would like to sit down with (Kuester) and just share thoughts, expectations for my role, and just take it from there.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    I think he’s the better player and the more logical player to start beside Ben Wallace…I love Jonas, but why would they start 2 undersized offensively challenged players in the frontcourt? Pairing a more offensivly gifted PF with Ben Wallace is a far more logical option.

  • basketblogger

    there’s a difference between wanting and earning

  • Swedish Viking

    When Jonas sees this he’s gonna knock Charlie out Peace from Sweden

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Detroit staff and fans want Villaneuva to give at least 25% of the effort Jerebko gives on a consistant basis.

  • ENDS

    Why do the “you might be interested in” links ALways show up on top of the damn article.


  • underdog

    Jonas Jerebko wants Charlie Villaneuva’s contract.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Greg Monroe will have something to say about this by the end of the season. He’ll probably play a bit of C though.

  • EJ

    F**k Jerebko and Sweden.

  • ConeyIslander

    Why are we talking about the Pistons again? Lets save this 5 mins for the NBA lottery next season.

  • Yesse

    As a finnish man. I hope Jerebko wouldn’t even touch the ball.

  • wilz

    lol @ yesse. finland, sweden, norway, ur all the same to US

  • Hussman25

    I think Jonas brother should start!

  • KoBynum716

    I still don’t understand Villanueva’s contract…

  • Shadojoker

    @underdog “Jonas Jerebko wants Charlie Villaneuva’s contract”

    LMAO!!! I’m sure he agrees with you 100%

  • total scrotal implosion

    When the season starts and charlie is still sittin on the bench, jonas will extend a hand to shake, charlie will refuse, it will be a hairy situation.

  • JTaylor21

    The pistons should make a deal with Charlie that if he takes Jonas job, he also has to take Jonas type money. Sounds like a great deal.