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Sixers' Nerlens Noel "There is a possibility" for 2013-14 NBA debut

By on 12/16/2013 08:00:00 PM

The number six overall draft pick from the 2013 June NBA draft has yet to make a professional debut. Nerlens Noel was taken by New Orleans, then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star Jrue Holiday. The 6'10" center from the University of Kentucky tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in February. Since the media day on October 10, Noel has not spoken to Philadelphia media, but has told Sirius/XM Radio that no decision has officially been made about the timetable for his debut.
John Finger of CSN Philadelphia reports Noel says, "There is a possibility" for his NBA debut.
“We’re just taking our time with it, being cautious with things," he said. "I’m definitely worried about my health, but in regards to the whole season, you know, that decision hasn’t been made up. I still have to meet up with my doctors, Dr. (James) Andrews, Dr. Kevin Wilk, and come to a conclusion with that.”
Nerlens Noel has spent the season working with Sixers' head coach Brett Brown and assistant coach Greg Foster on a new shooting technique. He has also been studying the positioning and footwork of opponents while sitting on the sidelines. Noel has traveled with the team all season and worked with Michael Carter-Williams while he has been on the shelf with a right knee infection and soreness. Coach Brown is encouraged with the faces of the franchise and the future of the Sixers.
At the beginning of the season, coach Brown and the 76ers said they did not anticipate Noel to play in a game during the 2013-14 campaign.  However, Brown might not mind seeing his rookie in uniform a bit earlier than he expected.


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