HoopsHype Joel Freeland rumors


July 17, 2013 Updates

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

July 10, 2013 Updates

Freeland wore glasses for three of four years as a child, but ditched them when he was 12 and has grown accustomed to seeing — and playing — with suspect vision ever since. About four years ago he decided he wanted to try life with contact lenses, but encountered a problem. “My iris is so big I couldn’t find any,” Freeland said. “The new contacts are like twice the normal size of most contact lenses. I couldn’t find anywhere in Spain or England that had them in my size.” Oregonian

But about six weeks ago, when Freeland returned to Portland to participate in voluntary offseason workouts with some of his second-year teammates, he found an optometrist that could make special lenses. There was an adjustment period at first — Freeland endured headaches as the world opened up more clearly around him — but he’s slowly becoming more comfortable with his new vision. Oregonian

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“You want to just quit living at 26? Sheesh,” Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts said. “Everybody has room to grow. I think for him, it's more about improving in the context of the NBA game. He has defined skills, he's a good mid-range shooter, he works hard, he's physical and has good quickness. It's just a matter of him learning the speed and quickness of the NBA game.” Freeland isn't buying that ceiling stuff, either. “A ceiling is what you make it,” Freeland said. “I don't believe in it. Everyone has their limits, obviously. The ceiling for everybody can be anything. You never know what that ceiling is going to be.” CSNNW.com

December 15, 2012 Updates

CSNNW.com was able to reach Trail Blazers' General Manager, Neil Olshey regarding the matter. "Joel and Victor traveled to Boise with Jay Triano, had great attitudes and expressed their excitement to him about the opportunity to play", Olshey said. "I spoke with Joel this morning and he enjoyed the experience last night and was glad to be back on the floor playing basketball. "We will continue to utilize the Idaho Stampede whenever we feel the development of our players will be accelerated by the opportunity to play game minutes in a competitive setting." CSNNW.com

Joel Freeland's camp is not happy with the D-League assignment. "It makes no sense for him to play there in order to adjust to the NBA considering he has been one of the top big men in the Euroleague for three years," agent Rafa Calvo told HoopsHype. "It would make more sense if he had been injured and needed games to get into rhythm. Anyway, we want to be positive about it. Let's hope we're wrong and this helps the Blazers regain the faith they've always proved to have in Joel." Sulia

December 11, 2012 Updates
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The bench, which entered the game averaging an NBA-low 12.8 points per game, collectively played 76 minutes and scored 29 points as Joel Freeland (eight points, two rebounds, one block), Will Barton (seven points, 3 of 5 shooting) and Nolan Smith (six points, 3 of 6 shooting) excelled. “We heard it,” Smith said of outside criticism about the bench’s play. “But I think as a group ... we try and just focus on what we’re doing in house; just keeping each other’s confidence up and continue to be supportive of one another. It kept us all just ready for this moment.” Oregonian

November 29, 2012 Updates

In the not-too-distant future, young players such as Victor Claver, Joel Freeland, Will Barton and Nolan Smith might be sent down to the NBA Development League for a little playing time and seasoning. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said he intends to use Idaho this season as a tool to foster growth with his young players and he has created a tentative plan to send guys east across the Oregon border. Oregonian

November 27, 2012 Updates

The other day, as the Blazers were walking to the team bus after landing in Brooklyn to start their season-long seven-game trip, Stotts quipped to Freeland: “They don’t have players like Jermaine O’Neal in Europe, do they?” When Freeland had last played, against the Suns, the aging O’Neal had partied like it was 1999, scorching Freeland and the Blazers with 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes. “I just laughed and I said, ‘No,’” Freeland said, revealing his reply to Stotts. “In Europe you don’t have players like that. And, pretty much, the NBA is full of players like that — and better. Like I said to Coach, when I came over here, I expected to be doing more than I’ve been doing. But now I know that this is a tough, tough league and, basically, I’m having to learn everything over again.” Oregonian

October 26, 2012 Updates

Chris Haynes: Joel Freeland & Derrick Favors got into a shoving match in 2nd Q and Freeland says he's disappointed in himself for not being more physical. I'm always a person that likes to hit first instead of being hit first and I felt like tonight, I let them hit me first... Twitter @ChrisBHaynes

October 23, 2012 Updates

Joel Freeland didn't start playing basketball until he was almost 17. By the time he was 19, in 2006, he was a first-round NBA draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers. But instead of coming to the NBA right away, the Briton stayed in Europe to improve his game, finally joining the Blazers this summer. "Each year I've progressed, and it's been substantial," said the 6-foot-10 Freeland, who is expected to see time at both power forward and center in the 2012-13 season. "So, to keep seeing myself progress in something I love to do is an amazing feeling." Oregonian

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Ian Whittell: joel Freeland has returned to London 4 tests on knee prob. GB being ultra cautious, hopefully wont hav any effect on olympics but not ideal Twitter

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