HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

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

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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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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

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