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Nerlens Noel could play for 76ers this season


For the first time since September, 76ers rookie center Nerlens Noel spoke up on Monday. In an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio, Noel spoke about his progress as he recovers from ACL surgery that he had in March. When asked about the possibility of playing this season, Noel kept it simple, but kept the door open.

“There’s a possibility”

Noel didn’t give much more insight to the possibility of playing this season, but did update his progress.

“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.” (ESPN.com)

The big man center out of Kentucky was traded to Philadelphia from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for point guard Jrue Holiday, who was an All-Star last year. The 76ers must have high hopes to trade an All-Star point guard, for Noel, who was knowingly coming off the ACL surgery.

He was reportedly supposed to miss the entire season according to the team in September, but his original timetable left a six-to-eight month return time, meaning he had a chance to play this season.

Sixers coach Brett Brown spoke on Noel’s status in an opposite view.

“I think he’s doing fine, 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.” (Philadelphia Daily News” 

At least we know that Noel would like to play this season, the Sixers are sticking to their plan, and the rookie loves his tight shirts.

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