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November 25, 2014 Updates

This context might explain the combative opening to Friday's Suns-Sixers game. On Phoenix's first possession of the game, Bledsoe drove to the hoop after receiving a pass in transition. He was fouled hard by Nerlens Noel at the rim and fell to the floor. Bledsoe took offense and got in Noel's face, although things didn't escalate beyond a yelling match. Yahoo! Sports

November 24, 2014 Updates

Sixers fans are quick to point out that Philly has already drafted two big men in the last two drafts in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. But several NBA sources said Philly could easily trade one of their current bigs if they opt to draft Okafor at No. 1 (assuming they get the No. 1 pick). “They will probably trade one of the bigs they currently have instead of Okafor,” one NBA source said. ZagsBlog.com

November 22, 2014 Updates

"I have a lot of respect for NBA players," Bledsoe said. "I was joking around. Obviously I went to Kentucky and then they played good." Bledsoe told reporters after the game he was informed prior to tip off that the tough treatment was coming, according to the Associated Press. Noel received his flagrant foul 1 just 30 seconds into the game when he slapped down hard on Bledsoe as he defended a driving attempt in the paint. Noel's swinging left hand appeared to make significant contact with Bledsoe's arms, and Bledsoe went crashing to the court. The flagrant foul 1 designation applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary" and it does not require an immediate ejection. Sports Illustrated

November 10, 2014 Updates

The Sixers depart later this week for a three-game road trip that begins on Thursday in Dallas. When asked if that game will see the season debut of reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and the return of Nerlens Noel from a nagging ankle sprain, head coach Brett Brown expressed optimism. “It’s fantastic,” he said of getting the two 2013 lottery picks back on the floor. “I feel like the team got a little bit of a bounce [with both players practicing today], and we needed that.” NBA.com

November 9, 2014 Updates

76ers post players Nerlens Noel and Malcolm Thomas won’t play Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. This will be the second consecutive game they missed due to injuries. Noel, a 6-foot-11, 217-pounder center/power forward, is dealing with a sprained left ankle. Thomas, a fourth-year reserve power forward, has fluid on his left knee. He did not make the trip to Canada. Henry Sims will start at center in place of Noel. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Saric was selected No. 12 overall in June and later traded to the Sixers. His immediate future is in Turkey, but the Sixers hope his long-term success is in the City of Brotherly Love. "We all went over there willingly," Noel said of the trip. "Once Coach and Sam mentioned it to us we were all on board. Dario is a great kid. We watched him for the first time, other than seeing highlights on YouTube. "He can do a lot on the court and I am ecstatic about getting him over here. He is going to take his time, but in time, the time will be right." CSNPhilly.com

September 5, 2014 Updates

A trio of the biggest future stars for the Philadelphia 76ers - Michael-Carter Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid - flew across the Atlantic Ocean to come to the Croatia-Puerto Rico game at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup to support a fourth future cornerstone of the organisation - Croatia's Dario Saric. "We came out here to support Dario. He's a great player. It's my first time seeing him and I'm very impressed and excited about the future and having him be a part of what we’re building in Philadelphia," said Noel, the first of two first round picks for the Sixers in the 2013 NBA Draft, but who sat out last season due to a knee surgery. FIBA.com

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