Freeland Adopting Nick Collison’s Game
The transformation of Joel Freeland started two days after the end of the 2012-13 regular season.
When most of the Trail Blazers scattered across the globe to decompress from a disheartening end to the season, Freeland awoke in the morning, hopped in his car and drove to the team’s practice facility for a workout.
Then he said goodbye to Joel Freeland.
And hello to Nick Collison.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts and general manager Neil Olshey, who spotted a lot of similarities between Freeland and Collison, planted the seeds for the transformation last season.
“They were talking about Nick Collison a lot, comparing me to him and stuff,” Freeland said of Stotts and Olshey. “It was: Nick Collison, Nick Collison, Nick Collison.”