HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

December 17, 2013 Updates

76ers rookie Nerlens Noel said “there’s a possibility” he could play this season. In an interview Monday with “Off The Dribble,” an NBA radio show hosted by Jason Goff and Sam Mitchell for SiriusXM Radio, Noel said no decision between he and the Sixers has been made regarding his availability to play at some point this season. Delaware County Daily Times

Nonetheless, the Sixers could not be more pleased with Noel, the sixth overall selection in June’s draft who came to the Sixers in a draft-day trade with New Orleans. The Sixers got Noel and a top-five-protected lottery pick in the 2014 draft, while the Pelicans picked up the Sixers’ second-round pick last June as well as All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. “His body physically continues to develop and looks good. He likes wearing those tight shirts, and I’m proud of him. If I had a body like that, I’d do the same,” Brown said. “Physically he’s coming along. He’s buying into that side of it. He works extremely hard in the weight room, as you’d see, if you put up a before-and-after photo of last year to what he is now, just cut up physically. “I’m happy with his progress.” Delaware County Daily Times

December 16, 2013 Updates

As for missing the whole season, Noel said “that hasn’t been really said.” “We’re just taking our time with it, being cautious with things,” Noel said in the radio interview. “I’m definitely worried about my health, but as (in) regards to the whole season, you know, that decision hasn’t been made up. I still have to meet up with my doctors – Dr. (James) Andrews, Dr. Kevin Wilk – and come to a conclusion with that.” So there’s a possibility he might play for the Sixers? “There’s a possibility,” Noel said. Delaware County Daily Times

76ers rookie Nerlens Noel said “there’s a possibility” he could play this season. In an interview Monday for the NBA channel on SiriusXM Radio, Noel said no decision has been made regarding his availability this season. Noel has been viewed as a longshot to play while rehabbing the torn ACL in his left knee that he incurred in February 2013 as a freshman at Kentucky. Sixers coach Brett Brown has said that he looks at this season as an opportunity to reconstruct the mechanics on Noel’s shot. Sixers Dish

November 18, 2013 Updates

Injured rookie center Nerlens Noel is Brown’s long-term project. Brown and his staff are re-working the shot of Noel, who is expected to sit out the entire season as he recovers from a torn ACL. Player and coach take turns shooting right-handed set shots some days. Other times, Brown rebounds for Noel. Brown apologized to the media for being five minutes late to his Wednesday pregame availability because he had been on the court with Noel. Bucks County Courier Times

November 16, 2013 Updates

The notion that Nerlens Noel has a lot to work on before he's going to be a scorer in the NBA isn't new. Kentucky coach John Calipari was firing warning shots before the draft in the summer. "It's going to take time," Calipari told Cleveland.com in June. "He's been coached at a high level for six months. He has a lot of potential and he was making great improvement before he got hurt." USA Today Sports

Brown has a willing participant. He said Noel wants to improve his shot and is open to advice. "He's great. It's his future," Brown said. "I really mean that. He's wide-eyed and open. He's a willing learner because he knows. He's looking for advice. He's looking for somebody to help him. That's my job. I'll be really disappointed if in April we don't look back and say we made good ground and we helped his shot." USA Today Sports

November 6, 2013 Updates

Nerlens has been rehabbing like a stud and the Sixers are taking the opportunity to totally rework his shot. "I think we have the perfect environment to do it because we have a whole year," Brown said. "We have taken him back to doing a lot of one-handed shooting. I can sense that he is shooting with two hands behind my back. But when he does that, the off hand comes in and elbows start flying, but when he does just one hand, he gets his elbow under it and it is a good looking shot. The first place you start is the free throw line because now he is going to turn and face. Noel really likes Kevin Garnett, a turn-and-face, jump-shooting big, and he aspires to be one of them even though he is a post player initially. I think the free throw is what carries over to the other parts of the game. And I hope we can get that right," Brown said. Philadelphia Inquirer

November 5, 2013 Updates

Christopher A. Vito: #76ers blog: Nerlens Noel's shot "is a total rebuild," says #Sixers coach Brett Brown (w/ videos of Noel) sixersdish.blogspot.com/2013/11/rookie… Twitter @ChrisVito

November 2, 2013 Updates
October 23, 2013 Updates

Brett Brown tried to clarify his Monday comments where the 76ers rookie head coach said he didn’t expect Nerlens Noel to play this season. At Tuesday’s practice, Brown said the decision whether the rookie will play “is going to made by a variety of a lot smarter people that me. Who knows what’s going to happen with Nerlens? We hope he can come back.” Philadelphia Inquirer

October 22, 2013 Updates
October 21, 2013 Updates

76ers coach Brett Brown has indicated that it might be a longshot for rookie center Nerlens Noel to make it onto the floor this season. Brown made that statement Monday night in Columbus, Ohio, before the Sixers played the host Cleveland Cavaliers in a preseason game on the campus of Ohio State University. “I doubt, everybody doubts (Noel) is going to play this year,” Brown told reporters Monday. Brown went on to say that Noel has shown improvement in his rehab, but added that progress been “slow.” Sixers Dish

Alex Kennedy: Sixers coach Brett Brown indicated that Nerlens Noel may sit out the season. However, Noel's agent says no decision made to @SteveKylerNBA. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

September 26, 2013 Updates

By now, we all know the 76ers are in no rush to get Nerlens Noel on the court. But they do have a plan for the rookie center. The franchise decided that it’s important to keep the 19-year-old involved with team activities while he rehabilitates his left knee. “I look forward to him traveling with the team,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, “and being a part of the team and being in the team meetings and video sessions and seeing a grumpy coach and a sad player and vice versa.” Philadelphia Inquirer

September 24, 2013 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have signed rookies Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Carter-Williams (6-6, 185) was the 11th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2013 NBA Draft. As a sophomore at Syracuse last season, the 21-year-old averaged 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals en route to earning All-Big East Second Team honors. Back in July, Carter-Williams averaged 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Sixers in the Orlando Pro Summer League. NBA.com

September 22, 2013 Updates

The Sixers are in no rush to get him on the court. Though Noel is ahead of schedule in his weight-room workouts, Wilk doubts he will be ready to play before December. "Right now, the stuff we are doing is not necessarily on the court," Wilk said. "He's got to get used to the court, cutting on the court. Used to playing defense one-on-one. Things of that nature. "So it's probably going to get pushed a little further back, even though he looks like he's ready." Philadelphia Inquirer

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