Nerlens Noel Not Eliminating Return This Season
A year ago, Nerlens Noel was projected to be the number one pick in the lottery prior to his knee injury. However, the big man's ACL surgery slid his stock all the way down to the sixth pick in last year’s draft and for good reason. The Sixers said that Noel would miss the entire season rehabbing from surgery, which was fine with them since they were tanking the season anyway.
However, Noel recently told SiriusXM NBA Radio that “there’s a possibility” that he could return this season. "We're just taking our time with it, being cautious with things," Noel said. "I'm definitely worried about my health, but regards to the whole season, that decision hasn't been made up. I still have to meet up with my doctors -- Dr. [James] Andrews and Dr. Kevin Wilk -- and come to a conclusion with that."
Noel is still young and the Sixers don’t want to compromise his entire future by making him come back too early, but head coach Brett Brown is encouraged by the progress that he’s seen from Noel already.
"I think he's doing fine," Sixers coach Brett Brown told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I think his spirits are fine, I think his body, physically, continues to develop and look 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. Physically, he's coming around and buying into it. His shot is continuing to develop. We've kept a real simple plan and a consistent plan."