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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 11:45 am  |  22 responses

Blazers’ Joel Freeland and Luke Babbit Fought in Practice Last Season


Things got testy, and then physical and violent between former Portland Trail Blazers teammates Joel Freeland and Luke Babbit. CSNNW has the blow-by-blow: “Joel is probably the toughest European player that I’ve played against,’ LaMarcus Aldridge said. ‘I never questioned his toughness at all. He’s just getting a chance to show it now.’ [...] On March 20 in Chicago last season, Portland was practicing the day before it squared off against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center and things got a little heated. According to some onlookers, Babbitt was repeatedly fighting through screens using his elbows. After being struck a couple of times already, Freeland warned Babbitt in a not-so-friendly way that that would be his last elbow. A play later, Babbitt did it again, resulting in a physical altercation. According to an eyewitness, a fired-up Freeland literally picked up Babbitt and threw him to the ground. The two eventually ended up on the floor exchanging blows before teammates intervened and separated them. It was made clear on that day: Freeland was not to be disrespected. ‘Yeah, you don’t want to mess with Joel,’ Aldridge said while shaking his head left to right. The tough, rugged Joel Freeland we are witnessing today might have derived from that very practice session squabble in Chicago. Freeland says he wouldn’t go that far, but he acknowledged it could have been a turning point from a mindset point of view. ‘You can’t back down to anyone in this league,’ Freeland said. ‘That’s the way I’ve been always brought up and that’s the way I’ve always lived. It wasn’t so much anything to do with that incident, but you stand up for yourself. I’ve always played the same way but maybe I wasn’t being as a aggressive as I should have. I’ve always played tough. I’ve never shied away from contact. I wouldn’t put it down to that one incident but I’m just getting comfortable in my place.’”

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  • LLC#12

    This, and Pops Mensah-Bonsu trying to knock Mirza Begic’s head off in the Euroleague? Us Brits need to calm down. “We ain’t about that life”

  • LLC#12

    This, and Pops Mensah-Bonsu trying to knock Mirza Begic’s head off in the Euroleague? Us Brits need to calm down. “We ain’t about that life”

  • Mo

    American pu**ies

  • Mo

    American pu**ies

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I assume you live there so obviously you’d know more than me but idk man I’ve met some Brits who are some pretty tough S.O.B’s

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I assume you live there so obviously you’d know more than me but idk man I’ve met some Brits who are some pretty tough S.O.B’s

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i thought white players tended to click up in the nba

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i thought white players tended to click up in the nba

  • LakeShow

    Weird thing to think.

  • LakeShow

    Specially if their name is “Paddy”.

    Watch out for guys named Paddy….

  • spit hot fiyah

    that holds true for jail

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Any guy named Paddy should be bought a beer and left the f*#k alone.

  • Rip City!

    Babbit. Part of the Worst Bench In NBA History. Every Blazer fan is glad to see him gone.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Rawah Rawah Rawah anybody that watches Law and Order SVU knows what I am talking about.

    But really though how many people still rockin the xxxl tees and bufu jeans… They need to retro that style because this new tightfitted show your musculture and gentilia outlines is really immodest.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    white on white physical violence is unheard of. It’s usually more on paper and gossip.

  • LakeShow

    Nope not true at all.

    Weird thing to think once again.

    Try to talk about basketball bud….

  • TTN

    That’s funny, it’s also a prime example of standing up for ones self. Nobody died or got seriously hurt but the point was made and Babbit didn’t think about throwing another elbow.

  • GGoodman26

    I’ll remember that next time I’m in the states lol

  • ratguts

    stop looking at my bulge man.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    lustful gazes are impressible according to the Holy Qur’an. One must lower their gaze for both men and women dressing immodestly.
    Human beings are imperfect but must strive to maintain humility and modesty

  • Elliot

    Stop putting ‘us Brits’ down

  • dannyb

    “Toughest European Player.” That’s quite an oxymoron.

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