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Reflections on a Pro Basketball Career Overseas

Blazer’s Edge contributor and former overseas pro basketball player Brian Freeman joins Tara on the FANalysts Podcast.

Brian Freeman played for L’union Lourdes-Tarbes in the French basketball league.

On this week’s edition of the Blazer’s Edge FANalysts Podcast, Tara talks with Brian Freeman, fellow Blazer’s Edge contributor and former European League basketball player. Hear them discuss the Trail Blazers, the Draft Lottery and All-NBA teams, as well as Brian’s experiences playing overseas.

He also talks about his dad who played with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robinson on the Milwaukee Bucks, his journey from Long Beach State (where he played against Damian Lillard), to Poland and finally, his six years in France.

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1:00 Joel Embiid's performance at the NBA Draft Lottery

6:00 What will the Blazer’s do with their draft picks?

7:53 All-NBA teams

14:22 Paul George

18:40 Brian’s dad, Gary Freeman, the first person on the Cleveland Cavaliers to wear #23

24:10 Long Beach State and playing against BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and Weber State freshman Damian Lillard

33:00 Playing for L'union Lourdes-Tarbes Pyrenees in France.

38:30 Qyntel Woods is “The LeBron of Poland”

39:11 What fans don’t know about player injuries

44:30 How does a player face the offseason?

50:00 What makes a good teammate?

Brian’s articles about playing overseas

My Journey to Playing Professional Basketball -- High school, JuCo and D-1 College

When Should Professional Athletes Play Through Injuries?

What Do International Professional Basketball Players do in the Offseason?

If you have ideas for Brian for upcoming columns, tweet him at @BrianFreeman24.

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