Nerlens Noel has spoken out about the 76ers’ logjam at center, but he didn’t let his disappointment hinder his performance Tuesday morning in a training-camp session at Stockton University. “He handled [things] with me and in the training-camp session today like a pro,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “He came to mean it. He didn’t back down at all. There was no moping or sulking or him being stubborn. He played.” “When I get on the court, it’s all business strictly with my teammates and we are playing basketball,” Noel said. “I’ll leave all that to figure itself out at this time.”
The Sixers didn’t know that actor Will Smith, a Philadelphia native and part owner of the team, was going to address the players at a dinner in Center City on Monday night until he walked into the room. Noel admitted he was starstruck. “Man, that’s one of my idols,” Noel said. Noel said Smith gave the players advice about dealing with the media, handling their day-to-day duties and discussed the favorite and least-favorite movies in which he’s starred.