HoopsHype Joel Freeland rumors

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It’s hard to make sense of it considering four players I spoke with — LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum — all say they want Stotts back. It’s hard to fathom there’s danger for the guy who has coached the league’s best offense, and has guided the marked development of Joel Freeland, Will Barton, and Lillard while igniting career-best seasons from Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Batum and Matthews. Yet, from all appearances, Stotts is dangling in the wind. Oregonian

April 8, 2014 Updates

“I felt pretty good, I was moving pretty well,” Freeland said of his Tuesday workout. “We’ve got one more week left. Four games. I’m trying to get back for either the Golden State game or the Clippers game — I would really love to get back for Golden State. That would be the ideal situation for me.” And what are the odds? “It’s definitely feasible,” he said. Oregonian

March 18, 2014 Updates

UK Sport recently cut funding for British basketball to zero and are expected to confirm that decision at a press conference in London tomorrow. That would leave a gaping hole in the sport's finances and would make the cost of insuring NBA stars Deng and Freeland - who have both suffered injuries this season - a big issue. It cost Great Britain around £300,000 to insure Deng to play at the 2012 London Olympics. But it is likely to cost even more this time around. Daily Star

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Joel Freeland is making progress in his recovery from a sprained right MCL. But the progress is slow going. In fact, the Trail Blazers’ backup big man on Tuesday said he could miss another five weeks — or the rest of the regular season. “I look at it like I’ve got a month to get ready for the playoffs,” Freeland said. Oregonian

March 6, 2014 Updates

Frustrated with how slow he’s progressing, Portland Trail Blazers forward Joel Freeland went and got a second opinion from a knee specialist on Tuesday to better gauge his condition, CSNNW.com was informed Wednesday night. According to a person in tuned with the power forward’s situation, nothing new surfaced as a result of the visit: “It’s just going to take more time than expected.” CSNNW.com

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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

November 25, 2013 Updates
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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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