HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

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

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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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January 24, 2014 Updates

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

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