London 2012: NBA new boy Joel Freeland on facing USA

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NBA career excites Freeland

Great Britain's Joel Freeland is "excited" by the prospect of playing in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers and aims to help the exposure of British basketball.

The 25-year-old says he expects to have to "earn respect" from the game's global star players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Freeland believes Team GB's Olympic warm-up against the USA is potentially a "life-changing game" for many of his GB team-mates.

Basketball: Great Britain v United States

Manchester Arena
Wednesday 18 July (women) & Thursday 19 July (men)
18 July (women) - BBC red button/BBC Sport website (UK only), 1900-2130 BST; 19 July (men) - BBC3/BBC Sport website (UK only), 1900-2130 BST

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