Haynes: Blazers F/C Joel Freeland Has Transformed Body

Streeter Lecka

Portland Trail Blazers rookie forward/center Joel Freeland has made significant progress in his conditioning this season.

Portland Trail Blazers rookie forward/center Joel Freeland is barely playing, but Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports that he has made significant progress in his conditioning and doesn't believe he's reached his limits as a player.

"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."

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In order to get himself on the court, Freeland has worked relentlessly to lose 13 pounds from the beginning of the season and his body fat has gone from 14 percent to nine. He said he's never been below 10 percent body fat during his professional career.

"Now that I've lost that body fat, it's time to put on a little bit of muscle and get stronger," he said.

Freeland, 26, is averaging 2.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game in 34 appearances this season.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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