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Sports birthday

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Joel Freeland of the Trail Blazers defends Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson. Joel Freeland

Feb. 7, 1987

(age 27)

The Trail Blazers' backup center was born on this day in Farnham, Surrey, England.

Freeland, 6-10 and 225 pounds, signed a three-year contract with the Blazers on July 13, 2012. The NBA team had picked him No. 30 overall in the first round of the 2006 draft.

He has played in the Olympics (2012, Great Britain) and for Gran Canaria and Unicaja Malaga in Europe.