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Joel Freeland focused on finding ways to gain playing time with Trail Blazers despite center logjam

Joel Freeland first played for the Trail Blazers' summer league team eight years ago, and at 27, he is older than the typical summer league player. But entering a key third year in his NBA career, and coming off a dissatisfying end to his breakout 2013-14 season, Freeland is all in on the opportunity to return to Las Vegas for the second year in a row, and fourth overall, as...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Admits Referees Should Have Awarded Howard Two Free Throws On Late Boxout With Freeland

The NBA acknowledged the officials missed a late call in the Portland Trail Blazers' 122-120 overtime win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 on Sunday. "After video review by the league office, we have determined that the officials were incorrect in assessing a foul to the Rockets' Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime," Rod Thorn said in a statement...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers' Joel Freeland returns in regular season finale

The Portland Trail Blazers entered the regular season finale on Wednesday with little to play for, as they had already secured the number five seed in the Western Conference playoffs. But the game had some significance to Joel Freeland, who returned to play for the first time since February 11 due to a sprained MCL in his right knee. Verse Photography via Wikimedia CommonsAs...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Joel Freeland upgraded to ‘questionable’

Injured Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Freeland has been upgraded from “game-time decision” to “questionable” for tomorrow night’s contest against the Golden State Warriors. The news is certainly something Portland fans should find exciting. Freeland has missed the last 28 games due to a knee injury he suffered in February, but Portland coach Terry Stotts says the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers' Joel Freeland goes through 'contact' portions of practice, eyes regular-season return

It’s been eight weeks to the day since Joel Freeland sprained the MCL in his right knee, an injury that has caused him to miss the last 26 Trail Blazers games. But the way things are looking, Freeland won’t have to sit out too many more. For the first time since crumpling to the Moda Center floor eight weeks ago, Freeland on Tuesday went through “contact” work at the Blazers’...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Joel Freeland Goes Through 'Contact' Practice, Close To Return

Joel Freeland has missed the past 26 games for the Portland Trail Blazers with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Freeland went through "contact" work during the Blazers' practice on Tuesday and is nearing a return. Freeland is hopeful of playing in one of the Blazers' final two regular season games. “I felt pretty good, I was moving pretty well,” Freeland said...
Via RealGM
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers lose Joel Freeland to MCL sprain in right knee

The Portland Trail Blazers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday by the score of 98-95.  The loss dropped the Trail Blazers to 36-16, second in the Northwest Division behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. Center Joel Freeland sprained his right knee during the loss and is expected to miss the next four to eight weeks after an MRI revealed a MCL sprain. Verse Photography via...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Freeland's fight with Babbitt may have helped him turn the corner

Has Joel Freeland toughened up this year? It appears he has from a production standpoint, however his teammates maintain he’s the same ol’ Joel. “Joel is probably the toughest European player that I’ve played against,” LaMarcus Aldridge told CSNNW.com. “I never questioned his toughness at all. He’s just getting a chance to show it now.” As a member of last year’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Why Joel Freeland Is Portland’s MVP

As the Portland Trail Blazers fell to the Houston Rockets 116-101 on Tuesday night one thing was evident – Joel Freeland is responsible to this team’s success. Many might not know who Freeland is, but by season’s end they should. Joel Freeland was drafted by the Trail Blazers with the 30th pick in 2006. He was ...The post Why Joel Freeland Is Portland’s MVP appeared first...
Via The League News
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Reaching a deal between Freeland and Blazers is far from done

Back when the Portland Trail Blazers selected Joel Feeland 30th overall in 2006, the idea at the time was to draft and stash the big man over in Europe and let him develop his game. Mission accomplished. After playing with Gran Canaria until 2009, the 6-foot-10 forward and center moved to Unicaja Malaga and is coming off a season where he led the team in scoring and rebounds with...
Via Crossover Chronicles
June 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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