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January 21, 2015 Updates

Nerlens Noel believes the ball should move when the 76ers are on offense. “There should be a minimum five passes in a possession,” said Noel after Tuesday's two-hour practice. “There's not rhythm when (the ball) sticks. If a guy's open 10 out of 10 times, you've got to give it to him 10 out of 10 times.” The Intelligencer

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The 76ers have experimented some with playing Nerlens Noel at the power forward position. But coach Brett Brown doesn’t think that is his best fit. “I think right now, it’s a five,” Brown said. “I feel that we’re going to have to do the right thing by him and grow his game, which will allow him to better play alongside Joel Embiid.” Philadelphia Inquirer

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Alex Kennedy: Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel had a heated exchange during tonight's win vs ORL. Brett Brown said he loved the passion/intensity. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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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

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