I am 13 years old, and I have been playing girl's basketball, in different leagues, for many years now. After breaking my nose more than once during games, I was thinking about the possibility of not having the sport I absolutely love, in my life. It really was a distressing time for me. Then I heard about this custom made "mask" being worn by the pros. I did some research on the internet and found the man that makes these masks; Jeremy Murray from the Michigan Hand and Sports Rehab center. My prayers were answered and I am back in the game!

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Theresa Picciallo
Charlie Villanueva unveils his new mask
By Patrick Hayes - Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Charlie Villanueva was fitted for his mask today, announcing (where else) on Twitter that the Pistons now "have two masked men."

Since his injury, he's given fans really pretty remarkable access, even Tweeting right after he came out of surgery.

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News also noted the time V devotes to talking with fans. Still though, no word on his status for tomorrow's game:

Coach John Kuester said Villanueva will be fitted for a mask -- Villanueva Twittered that also. The Pistons are listing him as "questionable" for Wednesday's game in Chicago.

Kulfan also reported earlier today that while Ben Gordon is still listed as questionable, he didn't look like he could put much weight on his ankle:

"If it continues to progress as it has been, hopefully I'll be able to play," said Gordon, who would like to play his first game against the Bulls, for whom he starred the last five seasons.

The Bulls (in particular Derrick Rose) have really missed Gordon this season, it would be nice to see him show them what they've missed.

This article orginally posted on www.pistons.com
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