HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

April 8, 2014 Updates

Calling his rookie season "a great learning experience," Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel said Tuesday he still hopes to make his NBA debut in one of the team's final five regular-season games but realizes the team's cautious approach with him has been for the best. "Obviously I do want to play," Noel told reporters in Philadelphia. "I'm a 19-year-old who's been sitting down on the sideline really wanting to get out there and show my abilities and to be able to play ball. "It's been tough, but it's something we had to do." ESPN.com

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For the past couple of days, Noel has been on display for the media to see. Monday it was in Atlanta following the team's shootaround. Yesterday it was at the team's practice facility at PCOM. The rust from not having played since a torn ACL in his left knee toward the end of his only season at Kentucky felled him is more obvious than anything. But there are just so many signs that he could be everything that people thought he could be in the NBA before the injury that dropped him from the undisputed top pick to the sixth overall. This very well may whet the appetites of 76ers fans, but that hunger probably won't be satisfied this season. The first time Noel is in uniform could be Summer League play in July. Philadelphia Inquirer

March 14, 2014 Updates

Let Noel talk to the media. Per a policy agreed upon by the NBA and professional basketball writers, Noel is not obligated to talk until he is practicing full time with the team. The Sixers have held true to that for the whole season. But with interest in this organization sinking to alarming levels, why not have the 19-year-old talk about how excited he is to put on the uniform and predict what he can do in the league? Really, what is the harm? Without Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, there aren't any players in the locker room comfortable talking to the media, so no one who can really relate to the fans. Let Noel talk. Philadelphia Inquirer

March 12, 2014 Updates

Rookie center Nerlens Noel continues to impress observers in the closed-door sessions during 76ers practices. Though a source with knowledge of the situation doesn't expect Noel to play this season as he recovers from last year's knee surgery, all who see him are encouraged about what he will bring to the future. Philadelphia Inquirer

March 11, 2014 Updates

Itching to play in his first NBA game, Noel circled the date because it is when the Sixers play at Boston, his hometown. He tweeted his desire, unknown to the team. Hell broke loose and the team is choosing to ignore the issue. Noel is not permitted by the team to talk to reporters until he is playing five-on-five in practice. "I've only heard about it and I haven't sat down and grilled him on that," coach Brett Brown insisted before last night's 123-110 loss to the New York Knicks. "I don't know the mystery and I think it's been blown out of proportion. At some point, yes [he'll talk to Noel]. We've been moving around pretty quickly here in New York and I haven't dug in maybe like I should have, but at some point, yes." Philadelphia Inquirer

March 10, 2014 Updates
March 9, 2014 Updates

Nerlens Noel would like to make his 76ers debut in his hometown of Boston on April 4, according to sources. They confirmed that’s why the rookie center tweeted “4-4-14” in reference to April 4, 2014 on Sunday afternoon. The Sixers (15-47) play at TD Bank that evening against the Boston Celtics. Philadelphia Inquirer

The sources said this is just a wish that he had not disclosed to the Sixers as of Sunday afternoon. Noel has been sidelined this season due to the anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered in his left knee in February, 2013 during his lone season at Kentucky. Philadelphia Inquirer

March 7, 2014 Updates

Nerlens Noel has graduated in his rehabilitation. The 76ers rookie has “cautiously” begun working against another body, going through 1-on-1 work, according to coach Brett Brown. “He is (doing more). He’s slowly doing a little more physical stuff,” Brown said after Friday’s practice. “He’s slowly doing a little more and you can play him against another body. I highlight the word ‘slowly’ and I highlight the word ‘cautiously,’ but he’s doing it. A little bit more. I don’t want to paint the wrong picture. A little bit more, but he’s moving in that direction.” Sixers Dish

The sixth overall pick in last summer’s draft, Noel has yet to make his NBA debut. It’s been 13 months since the Kentucky product underwent surgery to repair an ACL tear in his left knee. There’s no urgency on the Sixers’ part to get Noel on the floor, as they continue their rebuild effort and take a 15-game losing streak into Saturday’s game against visiting Utah. “Whether we ever get to see him in a game this year, it really is, ‘Who knows?’” Brown said. “I’ve gone on (the) record to say I wish I could coach him and get some games under our belt with him. But the boxes he has to tick, the ones we’ve always talked about, those have yet to be ticked.” Sixers Dish

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