Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva was back on his Twitter account Wednesday, but only before tipoff this time.
Villanueva's widely publicized experiment with posting to the popular social networking website during halftime of a big game has ended at the team's request. But Villanueva still isn't sure he did anything wrong.
"I have my own personal opinion on it," Villanueva said after Milwaukee's 106-80 loss to Orlando Wednesday night. "I understand coaches and GMs and I respect them. I'm not going to go against them, but my own personal opinion is we do have time [during halftime] anyways."
Using the screen name CV31 — Villanueva's initials and jersey number — he posted the following message during halftime of the team's loss Sunday to Boston:
"In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up."
Meanwhile, the list of followers who subscribe to Villanueva's Twitter feed quadrupled in just over 24 hours. He had about 1,600 subscribers as of Tuesday afternoon and nearly 7,000 by Wednesday night.
The former Toronto Raptor wondered if there's really any difference between a player taking a few seconds to do a television interview at halftime and taking a few seconds to use a mobile phone to post a web message to fans.
"It's kind of a double standard, but that's coach's opinion and the team's opinion and I'm going to respect it," Villanueva said.
The "tweet," to his Twitter feed resulted in a talking-to from Bucks coach Scott Skiles, who thought it gave the impression that Villanueva wasn't focused.
Villanueva said Tuesday that he made a mistake and wouldn't do it again during a game. But he still seemed to be pondering the issue Wednesday.
"About to take my nap, but I'm looking for some answers here," Villanueva posted. "What's the difference between halftime twitting and halftime interview?"
Villanueva also posted messages to fellow NBA Twitter enthusiasts Shaquille O'Neal and Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh, asking for their input on the issue.