Britain's Joel Freeland set for Portland Trail Blazers NBA debut
By Aimee LewisBBC Sport
When Joel Freeland steps into the glaring lights of the Rose Garden on Wednesday evening, surrounded by nearly 20,000 hollering fans and a cluster of gambolling cheerleaders, the Englishman could be forgiven for puffing his cheeks and shaking his head in disbelief.
For the 6ft 10in Freeland has transformed from a gangly teenager, stacking shelves at a supermarket, into a member of the most celebrated basketball league in the world.
The 25-year-old Briton's NBA debut for the Portland Trail Blazers will be broadcast on national television across the Atlantic and Freeland laughs when he admits working at Sainsbury's feels like "a long time ago".
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