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Mavericks Star Battling Same Disease as Jada Smith Sent Raucous 7 Word Message to Renowned NFL QB

Published 05/21/2022, 4:30 PM EDT

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Renowned actor Will Smith and his wife, Jada Smith, have dominated the headlines around the world ever since the infamous Oscar’s incident. Although it is debatable whether what Will did was right or not, his slapgate incident made people aware of alopecia.

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In case you have been living under a rock, Jada suffers from alopecia which has triggered her hair loss. A joke over her medical condition forced Smith to take the extreme step and slap comedian Chris Rock on live TV.


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Jada is not the only celebrity going through this disease. Former Dallas Mavericks star, Charlie Villanueva, suffered from this disease. However, he never let the disease affect his normal life. This was clear in his message to an NFL star suffering from the same.

Former Mavericks star gives a strong message to Alopecia patients

Getting diagnosed with a disease such as alopecia is wrong in all senses. However, it should not slow someone down. One of the biggest examples is former Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons star, Charlie Villanueva.

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He was diagnosed with alopecia which resulted in hair loss. Despite all the setbacks, he made a name for himself in the NBA.

Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Joshua Dobbs had the pleasure of meeting Villanueva and talking about this issue. What Villanueva said stuck on with Dobbs forever.


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Dobbs said, “About a year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with former Dallas Mavericks star Charlie Villanueva. His core message, which I try to share, resonated with me: ‘I have alopecia. Alopecia doesn’t have me.”

How was Charlie Villanueva as a player?

Villanueva was the 7th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2005 NBA draft. The Toronto Raptors drafted him and he spent 1 season with them.


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His best time in the NBA came with the Milwaukee Bucks. Villanueva spent 3 seasons with the Bucks and averaged 13.5 points, 1.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds. He retired after the 2015-16 season with a career average of 10.4 points, 0.8 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. (Source:

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Abhinava Ghosh


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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.
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