Nerlens Noel Out For The Year

October 22nd, 2013 by Sam Shipley | Filed under Basketball, General, Sixers.

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The 76ers are expected to hold out first-round draft pick Nerlens Noel for the entire season, coach Brett Brown said today.

Noel was acquired on draft night in a trade that sent Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans. The plan for Noel was to return somewhere in the middle of the season, after recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in college last season on February 12th.

The news came at todays pregame press conference before the Sixers take on the Cavaliers tonight, “We don’t want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it’s an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.” said Brown. The Sixers obviously are no stranger to losing big men to knee injuries after losing Andrew Bynum for an entire season last year. For Sixers fans, they could fear this is the same scenario as this was the believed reason Noel slipped to sixth on draft night. Teams around the league were scared away by his knee condition, and as a result he was drafted sixth by the Pelicans before the trade to the Sixers.

Noel’s agent Andy Miller has denied the reports that his client is out for the year, saying “there have been no decisions made at this time”.

It looks like this will be a bit of a waiting game to find out the truth, but the fact of the matter is Noel will be out for a long time. It is just a matter of if he will play this season or not. If he doesn’t it is kind of deflating for Sixers fans and the organization because there is a new reason to be optimistic for this team, but a big part of the optimism had to do with Noel.

 

 

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