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GBR - Freeland tries to overcome struggles

MALAGA (Olympics/Liga Endesa) - Joel Freeland hasn’t had the best of seasons at Unicaja Malaga but he has plenty of time to recover his top form before the Olympics.

The Great Britain international says he has been affected by injuries and illness.

He is desperate to return to good form to help Unicaja reach the Liga Endesa post-season.

"These two months have been tough for me physically," he told Malaga regional newspaper Diario Sur.

"I have had two injuries ankle injuries, a sore back, twice had the flu.

"There are many things and it's an accumulation of everything."

Freeland, 25, is averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds this season.

In his last seven games, his scoring averaging has dipped to 7.8.

"I'm not at my best yet and the team is down and it seems that everything is more difficult than it is," he said.

"But no excuses, I have to get to my level."

Malaga are ninth in the standings - one spot below the play-off positions.

His Future

As is the case every season, Freeland is asked about what his plans are.

He was an NBA draft pick several years ago by Portland and everyone wonders if his intention is to cross the Atlantic.

His aim is to play in America eventually but that time has not arrived.

"I just want to be here in Malaga," he said.

"I don't want to make specific deadlines. When I'm ready, I'll take that step. (But) I have a lot to learn."

This summer will be the most important of Freeland's career as he will be at the Olympics with hosts Great Britain.

Freeland has represented his country at the last two EuroBaskets.

In 2011, the 2.08 power forward averaged 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.

Before he can even think about the London Games, though, Freeland has tough clashes coming up with Malaga as they try to get into the top eight in the Liga Endesa and reach the post-season.


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