HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

January 17, 2014 Updates

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

January 14, 2014 Updates
December 27, 2013 Updates

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

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

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