Nerlens Noel will wear number 5 because 5 teams passed on him in the draft

How arrogant must Nerlens Noel be if he's mad at 5 teams for passing on him and his torn ACL?

7/12/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Jun 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Nerlens Noel reacts after putting on his shoes and socks at the Westin Hotel prior to the NBA Draft. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsIn most cases, being selected 6th overall in the NBA Draft would be considered an honor.

For Nerlens Noel, it's basically an insult.

Forget the fact that he was coming off an ACL injury, kinda like Derrick Rose, who has been out for over a year with a similar tear.

Noel is angry that 5 teams had the audacity to decide that another player might fill their needs a little better than the former Kentucky big man.

The anger that will apparently serve as his motivation is so omni-present that he has decided to wear jersey number 5, in reference to 5 teams passing up the opportunity to draft him.

I appreciate his drive. I respect his ambition. I wish him nothing but success. But is this really how you want to start your NBA career?

It's not like he was taken in the 2nd round, or dropped out of the lottery. He was taken behind 5 other players who weren't facing the same kind of rehabilitation that Noel is facing with his ACL, and it's likely that he'll miss the first part of the season.

It's certainly possible that Noel will be an outstanding NBA player, and those teams will someday regret taking players like Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Alex Len instead of him.

Until then, just calm down, rookie. You're still getting paid to play basketball. And you weren't head and shoulders better than those other players anyway. Instead of getting offended about it, just go prove them wrong on the court. Not on your jersey.
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7/12/13   |   Scott   |   54576 respect

I have to admit, I didn't watch of Kentucky Wildcat basketball last season.  Was a guy that barely averaged 10 points a game really "deserving" of the #1 overall pick?

7/12/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

This isn't the first time a player that used a draft "snub," real of perceived, as motivation. Dwyane Wade and Paul Pierce come to mind.