Pulled hammy for Charlie V

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

Charlie Villanueva is no Vince Carter or Tracy McGrady.

While Carter and McGrady were booed loudly when they returned to the Air Canada Centre after abandoning the Raptors, Villanueva received a rousing ovation when he was introduced as part of the Milwaukee Bucks starting lineup last night. He also heard quite a few cheers when he went to the free-throw line in the first quarter.

"I didn't leave on bad terms," the 6-foot-11 forward said before the Raptors' home opener when asked what it might be like to hear some cheers from the crowd. "When I was here, I didn't want to leave. I understand it's a business. I'm happy to be in Milwaukee."

Unfortunately, the night didn't end as well for Villanueva, who left the game with a pulled right hamstring in the fourth quarter. He finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

"Something is going on with his hamstring and we will have a doctor look at it," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "Right now I don't know the status of it."

Villanueva seems to be enjoying life in Milwaukee, where he says plays are run for him, unlike in Toronto.

Meanwhile, he feels another big name Raptor from last season, point guard Mike James, will benefit from a move to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"He's going to be in a better situation over there," Villanueva said. "He's not going to do what he did here and jack up every shot. KG (Kevin Garnett) ain't going to have that.

"On a more serious note, he's going to be fine there. It's a way better situation for him."

Before morning shootaround, Raptors assistant coach Jim Todd presented Villanueva with his gift for being named to the NBA's all-rookie team -- a crystal with the NBA logo inside.

CAN'T PLAY THEM ALL

After using all 12 players in a season-opening loss against the New Jersey Nets, Raptors coach Sam Mitchell stuck to a nine-man rotation until garbage time when he inserted Kris Humphries, P.J. Tucker and Joey Graham.

The bench, so good in a 7-1 pre-season, wasn't a huge factor until backup point guard Jose Calderon and swingman Fred Jones elevated their games in the fourth quarter when the Raptors made their big run.


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