HoopsHype Joel Freeland rumors

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On March 20 in Chicago last season, Portland was practicing the day before it squared off against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center and things got a little heated. Freeland and former Trail Blazer Luke Babbitt got into a scuffle. According to some onlookers, Babbitt was repeatedly fighting through screens using his elbows. After being struck a couple of times already, Freeland warned Babbitt in a not-so-friendly way that that would be his last elbow. A play later, Babbitt did it again, resulting in a physical altercation. According to an eyewitness, a fired-up Freeland literally picked up Babbitt and threw him to the ground. The two eventually ended up on the floor exchanging blows before teammates intervened and separated them. CSNNW.com

The tough, rugged Joel Freeland we are witnessing today might have derived from that very practice session squabble in Chicago. Freeland says he wouldn’t go that far, but he acknowledged it could have been a turning point from a mindset point of view. “You can’t back down to anyone in this league,” Freeland told CSNNW.com. “That’s the way I’ve been always brought up and that’s the way I’ve always lived. It wasn’t so much anything to do with that incident, but you stand up for yourself. “I’ve always played the same way but maybe I wasn’t being as a aggressive as I should have. I’ve always played tough. I’ve never shied away from contact. I wouldn’t put it down to that one incident but I’m just getting comfortable in my place.” CSNNW.com

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Joel Freeland last week also confirmed he will return to GB for 2014 with Luol Deng also telling British Basketball of his likely availability for August’s EuroBasket qualifiers. MVP 24/7

A total of three players were ejected from Portland’s 113-101 road victory over Golden State on Saturday in the aftermath of a third quarter scrum. There was quite a bit going on in this on-court altercation, which carried toward the courtside seats near the Warriors bench before it was eventually broken up by the referees and coaches from both sides. Bogut eventually swung his right forearm and elbow to clear Freeland off of his body, which prompted a number of Blazers to come to Freeland’s defense. SI.com

A third-quarter fracas broke out late in the third quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers' game at the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, leading to the ejection of Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams. Golden State's Draymond Green also was ejected, and technical fouls were assessed to LaMarcus Aldridge, Joel Freeland and the Warriors' Andrew Bogut. Matthews was assessed a technical as well, but the ejection came because it was his second technical of the game. Williams received a straight ejection. The pushing and shoving came after Bogut threw an elbow to the jaw of Freeland as they were battling in the paint with 3:42 to play in the third quarter. Oregonian

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Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts discussed his decision to go with second-year big man Joel Freeland over fellow second-year center Meyers Leonard, the No. 11 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, as the backup to starter Robin Lopez after practice Friday. "Joel's earned his minutes," Stotts said of the 26-year-old British big man. "We need defense from that position. ... Joel's earned it. He's had an impact on the game defensively and he's had a really good summer." Oregonian

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His play hasn’t been eliciting oohs and aahs during games. His contributions barely stand out on box scores. But one consistent trend has developed during the Blazers’ training camp: Joel Freeland is quietly playing well. “He’s my MVP right now,” Batum said. “He’s one of the best players right now of the camp. Joel is playing good, especially on defense.” Oregonian

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After speaking with a source close to DleagueDigest.com, Portland is likely to send EJ Singler, Dee Bost, and Richard Howell to Idaho for the start of the season, allowing Portland the decision of keeping Freeland. Will Freeland ultimately find a spot on Portland’s depth chart? The forthcoming set of preseason games, will play a large role in determining Freeland’s future with Portland. D-League Digest

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Great Britain's men's basketball team will have to cope without both of their big NBA stars as they bid to make the most of their funding reprieve at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia in September. Portland Trailblazers' Joel Freeland has cited NBA commitments as his reason for withdrawing from the squad, which was already without Luol Deng due to a bout of ill health. The GB men's basketball programme won its appeal against a funding cut in March and was awarded £7million over three years by UK Sport - provided it fulfils the funding body's strict performance criteria. Freeland said: "It is a tough decision for me because I have been with GB for everything up to this moment. "I remain fully committed and very motivated to continue to be a part of the national team and continue to help build the programme in an effort to take it as far as we possibly can." London Evening Standard

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Near the end of the regular season, Freeland mentioned this to his European agent, Rafa Calvo, and Calvo dug up an article Collison had written for GQ Magazine in 2012 titled: “How To Survive in the NBA When You’re Not a Superstar.” During the final season of his All-American career at Kansas, Collison averaged 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. But when he arrived in the NBA, he quickly learned he would need to create a new identity if he wanted to last. “The guys who have success in the league and stick around are the ones who understand how to make themselves valuable to an organization,” Collison wrote in the magazine, before adding.”If you can become really good at things like screening, passing, defending pick and rolls, communicating, boxing out and rotating defensively, you can have a huge affect on your team winning a game. If those parts of your game become a habit and you develop consistency, you are going to be valuable to your team and have a long career.” Oregonian

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