Charlie Villanueva Cut By Dominican Republic National Team, Responds With Twitpic

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Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons was cut by the Dominican Republic national team because he's out of shape, head coach John Calipari said.

This is, needless to say, a rarity for an NBA player.

"Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari told Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and this was a decision taken collectively ... the only problem was his weight."

Charlie Villanueva Cut

Villanueva was thus cut by the national team, which reportedly was not pleased with his conditioning months ago, despite an active role in recent years.

An ankle injury slowed his progress and any hopes of getting much playing time for the Pistons this season, but his release still comes as a surprise.

Villanueva fired back at Calipari by tweeting the above photo of his scale, which reads 243.5 pounds, or 11.5 under his "playing weight" of 255.

He also conspicuously holds his college championship ring from the University of Connecticut in 2004, in an apparent bid to ... prove something.

Since that was eight years ago, in college, and Calipari won his year's NCAA title with the Wildcats anyway, we're not sure what. But something.

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cutting my friend from your basketball team because he is out of shape you have got to be kidding me this boy is an awsome player and it really should not matter what is weight is