HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

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Brown reiterated that injured rookie center Nerlens Noel, while making progress rehabilitating his torn ACL, there is still no timetable for Noel making his NBA debut. It continues to seem as if Noel might not play this season. “It's very up in the air,” Brown said. “There are so many layers to him being allowed to play. In regards to health and a timeline with him playing, it's guesswork right now.” Bucks County Courier Times

January 17, 2014 Updates

Noel is a much different-looking and improved player as he gets closer to actual game action. For starters, from the time Noel started working with Wilk in March until mid-September last year, he gained 21 pounds of muscle. That impressed Wilk, who's been Dr. Andrews' behind-the-scenes right-hand man for 25 years and has worked with the likes of Scottie Pippen, Chris Webber, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford and Shaun Livingston. Wilk said that kind of strength gain is "pretty tough" to do for a player with his kind of 6'10", lanky frame. "The intention was let's get him bigger, so he's not taking a beating because he's just so thin and light," Wilk said of the 6'10" Noel, listed at 228 pounds in college. "When somebody is banging on him, there shouldn't be as much stress on that reconstructed knee." Bleacher Report

Privately, the Sixers would prefer that Dr. Andrews keep his timelines to himself. Other organizations have previously noticed that Andrews isn't hesitant to declare his work a success. He did so regarding knee surgery on Robert Griffin III, whom he also cleared to return to the field before the Redskins' opener against the Eagles. The information wasn't necessarily wrong - Griffin was fine, he just couldn't play without a brace or run as he could before - but it made the situation a lot more difficult for the Redskins to manage. Philadelphia Inquirer

January 16, 2014 Updates

The surgeon who operated on Nerlens Noel's left knee says the 76ers rookie should be ready to play in a game in four to six weeks. The Sixers say Noel's return isn't that simple, and it will be on their terms. Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Noel was "doing excellent, and that team is taking good care of him." A source close to the situation added that "his knee is fine. He just needs to get in basketball shape." Philadelphia Inquirer

January 15, 2014 Updates

The following is a statement from Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie regarding the status of Sixers center Nerlens Noel. “Since his arrival in Philadelphia, Nerlens' capacity for work both in his rehab and in our weight room has been incredible. Our sports performance and training staff have been extremely complimentary of his efforts thus far during this methodical rehab process. After careful consideration and numerous discussions with our medical and performance teams, the consulting physician and rehabilitation staff, and Nerlens' representatives, some of the restrictions on Nerlens have been lifted and he is now able to participate in limited on-court work. NBA.com

"There are several benchmarks Nerlens still must meet, and during that time we will closely monitor his progress and regularly evaluate his status. Our goal remains the same, which is to give Nerlens every opportunity to ensure a long, productive NBA career." NBA.com

"He tested really well and his knee looks great," one source said. "Dr. Andrews suggested he be cleared to do on-court drills, but the team still has to clear him." CSNPhilly.com reported that Noel was seen playing one-on-one against assistant coach and former NBA big man Greg Foster on Tuesday. ESPN.com

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Within the 76ers, there doesn’t appear to be any urgency to get Nerlens Noel onto the court this season, and that’s a prudent approach given their current state and his upside. For his part, Noel is steadily progressing in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL, has added muscle, and weighed in at 223 pounds late last week, a source told RealGM. RealGM

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